Biotic and Abiotic Factors Activities for Middle School Science
The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of biotic and abiotic factors. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
The Biotic and Abiotic Factors 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Biotic and Abiotic Factors Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.
The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.
After completing the Biotic and Abiotic Factors 5E Lesson, students will be able to describe biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem in which organisms interact, and diagram the levels of organization within an ecosystem, including organism, population, community, and ecosystem.
Science Reading Comprehension
The Biotic and Abiotic Factors Reading Comprehension Passage is an original science article that can be used to increase reading comprehension and science literacy.
The leveled science reading passages cover biotic and abiotic factors and are designed to engage your middle school science students with a fascinating article, aligned questions, and a mini-project as a lesson extension.
The Biotic and Abiotic Factors Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.
Students will classify and compare abiotic and biotic factors from two different biomes: the hot desert of Death Valley National Park and the deciduous temperate forest of Harpers Ferry, WV. They will “build” one or both biomes from resource tiles, then use continuous line transects to identify the abiotic and biotic factors.
The Biotic and Abiotic Factors Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.
The Biotic and Abiotic Factors Sub Plan is a complete lesson that takes students through a warm-up, reading passage, independent activity, extension activities, and an assessment.
The worksheets are designed to make your sub day a breeze for you, your students, and the substitute teacher. They are also perfect for distance learning.
Biotic and Abiotic Factors Classroom Experiences
Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about biotic and abiotic factors. All of the following experiences are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
The Biotic and Abiotic Factors Escape Room is an immersive experience for your students. It allows them to demonstrate their knowledge of the biotic and abiotic factors through interactive puzzles and challenges.
Students must use what they have learned about biotic and abiotic factors to get the superhero to turn off the electric fences and allow the animals to get their water to complete the escape room.
The In the Mist - Project Gorilla Habitat STEM Challenge uses the engineering design process to research gorilla habitats and their daily habits and design and build a prototype of a gorilla habitat for a zoo. Students will also develop a way to educate visitors about the gorilla habitat.
Students will be using collaborative skills such as brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on their progress during the project.
At the end of the In the Mist - Project Gorilla Habitat STEM Challenge, students are given an opportunity to share their projects outside of the classroom.
These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.
These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.
Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.
Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.
Essential Questions and Standards
Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the biotic and abiotic factors unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.
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