Ecosystem Stability Science Games
In this series of games, your students will learn that organisms can survive only in environments in which their particular needs are met. Ecosystem Stability learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.
Scroll down for a preview of this learning objective’s games and the concepts.
An ecosystem includes all of the living organisms and nonliving components in a shared environment. Organisms of the same species that live in the same place together are a population. A community is all of the populations that live together in the same space. A food web shows how matter and energy move in an ecosystem.
A healthy ecosystem is stable and can meet the needs of many different organisms. A healthy ecosystem has a variety of species. A healthy ecosystem has a balance of producers, consumers, and decomposers. An organism’s habitat provides food, water, shelter, and space. All organisms obtain living and nonliving resources from their environment. The resources in any ecosystem are limited. Small changes in the numbers of populations in a healthy ecosystem are normal.
The introduction of an invasive species can threaten the balance of an ecosystem. Extinction occurs when all of the members of a species die. Animals need energy to perform their life processes. A producer is an organism that can produce its own food to obtain energy. Consumers are animals that eat other organisms to obtain energy. Decomposers are organisms that break down dead plant and animal remains.
In total, there are nine games in this learning objective, including:
- Zooper Bouncy Rescue
- Leap Along with Leaf!
- EcoKingdoms: Interactions
- Ecosystem Stability
- Making The Ecosystem
- Eco Buddies
A further preview of each game is below.
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