Ecosystem Explained

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10593

How do you get along with your neighbors? Not just the people next door, but the plants and animals (and bugs and germs!) all around you? With videos and fun hands-on projects, learn about ecosystems!


Life Science

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


How do plants and animals interact in an ecosystem? What do the animals in these pictures have to do with each other?


There are different types of ecosystems across the globe.

A few types of ecosystems that you may have heard of include forest ecosystems, desert ecosystems, grassland ecosystems, and aquatic ecosystems.

Even though ecosystems vary in location and characteristics, they do have some features or components in common.

In this lesson you will watch an engaging video that explores the general components of an ecosystem, explore with a hands-on activity and poster, and get your mind moving with thought-provoking projects (You have the opportunity to study a specific type of ecosystem by choosing the diorama project in the Go! section.)

Start learning about ecosystems by completing the activities below:

1. Watch Study Jams! Ecosystems ( to learn about biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem. Pause the video to take notes using the Ecosystem Explained – Notes found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. There are questions to guide you in the note-taking as you progress thorugh the video.

2. Take the brief quiz at the end of the Study Jams! Ecosystems video.

3. Read about the components of Ecosystems ( Discuss the review questions at the bottom of the webpage with your teacher or parent.

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