Topic 2 Activities

Topic 2 Learning Activities

In this large topic there are many activities that can support learning. Remember to check the  Practical Approach section as there are a lot of ideas in this part too as topic 2 lends itself very well to more scientific lab or fieldwork activities and data analysis. Often Paper 1, the case study will contain a lot of questions from topic 2.

Topic 2.1 Activities - Species and Populations

In this section we are collecting inquiry driven activities to enrich the teaching of topic 2.1, Species and Populations.Use the presentation to introduce key terms and ideas. Watch the videos. The HHMI...

Topic 2.2 Activities - Communities and Ecosystems

Students very occasionally need to be able to draw an ecological pyramid to scale. More often they should be able to sketch a pyramid but this is good practice.Certainly being able to apply the understanding...

Topic 2.3 Activities - Flows of Energy and Matter

Students need to understand how energy flows through an ecosystem. A key element of this is to understand photosynthesis, respiration and how to find the productivity of a system. They should know the...

Topic 2.4 Activities - Biomes, Succession and Zonation

I use some demos and classroom "toys" and "kits" to help students understand the factors that lead to the formation of the tricellular theory. This physical interaction and the principle that students...

Topic 2.5 Activities - Investigating Ecosystems

Students are expected to be able to use and construct dichotomous keys. In this exercise they practice using a "funny" key then try to make their own key in a supported way and finally are asked to construct...

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