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Science Stars: Ecosystem Comparison

4th Grade Lesson Plan

Objective:
Students will compare and contrast a coral reef and a kelp forest ecosystem and identify the abiotic and biotic factors within each.

Standards:
2.a. Students know plants are the primary source of matter and energy entering most food chains.

3.a. Students know ecosystems can be characterized by their living and nonliving components. b. Students know that in a particular environment some kinds of plants and animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

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