Ecosystems are important units in science for it enables us to understand how things around us interact with each other. Ecosystems which is a shortened term for ecological systems encompasses all the living and non-living components of the society and how everything is utilized for the creation of a productive environment (Husar, 1994). By the end of this course, the students must fulfill the following objectives.
To be able to define ecosystem and identify the different components of ecosystems and the Earth’s biosphere.
The ecosystems are functional units composed of the biotic, abiotic and cultural factors which interact with each other (Husar, 1994). The students should be able to remember and identify these three components. The teacher will first teach the concepts and terms and give examples of relationships of the three components embodying the ecosystem.
Interactions occur when living things (biotic) utilized the non-living things (abiotic) for their own benefit like breathing, cooking and swimming. The cultural aspect is an embedded part of the society which defines and sometimes justifies some of the interactions (e.g. some people live with their grandparents in the same house. People represent the biotic aspect while the house represents the abiotic and the practice of some family to still live with their elders is a manifestation of family solidarity which is a part of their culture).
By the end of the class, the teacher will teach the class an easy way to remember the concepts of the different components of the ecosystem.
Billy Cooks And Eats
Billy stands for biotic. Cooks stands for culture. And stands for abiotic and Eats stands for ecosystem. This type of mnemonic will help the students remember the different factors composing the ecosystem. This is also a good way of explaining and not to confuse the students of the meaning of the different components of the ecosystems.
To be able to identify the different major biomes.
A biome is a large environment composing of flora, fauna and microorganisms that are quite similar to each other, meaning that they have the ability to adapt on a particular environment with particular conditions of water, heat and soil (“Ecosystems”, n.d.). A biome is much bigger than ecosystems for a biome can be composed of many ecosystems. An ecosystem can be as large as the whole Sahara Desert and can be as little as a pond. The major biomes are:
· Temperature Forest
· Tropical Dry Forest
· Tropical Rainforest
· Cold Climate Forest
The teacher must first teach these concepts and explain carefully how the biomes differ from one another. The teacher must relay the characteristics of each concept. Then, the teacher will teach the student an easy way to remember the different major biomes.
Must Go To The Minister and Tell That the Cat and Dog Swim
The aforementioned statement will help the students in remembering the different major biomes for the initials or the first letter of the different major biomes are included in the statement.
To be able to define habitat, population and community and what is their relationship with each other.