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Key Idea

  • Your environment is everything outside your body that affects you or that you affect.


This section provides a rationale for studying ecology. Students learn how much they depend on the biotic and abiotic factors within the environment by creating a map that illustrates the relationships between themselves and these factors. The introductory activity may be used to assess how your students picture the roles they play in the environment.



identify and explain the major biotic and abiotic resources in their environment.

demonstrate their connection to other factors in the environment.


abiotic, biotic, ecologist, environment, organism

Student Materials

Activity 1-1: Map Your Environment!

Per student

  • Activity Report
  • 1 piece of butcher paper or other large piece of paper
  • Colored marking pens, pencils, or crayons

Teacher Materials

Activity 1-1: Map Your Environment

  • Activity Report Answer Key

Advance Preparation

See Activity 1-1 in the Student Edition

Interdisciplinary Connections

Social Studies Students can investigate the career opportunities available related to ecology and environmental science.

Visual and Performing Arts Students can make drawings or use pictures to illustrate their map of the environment.

Enrichment Activities


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Date Created:

Feb 23, 2012

Last Modified:

Apr 29, 2014
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