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Lesson plan: Exploring Eden's Ecosystem

A series of lesson plans for students exploring ecosystems and science communications - all based around the species in Eden's Rainforest Biome.

Activity details

Eden’s Rainforest Biome is a unique designed ecosystem. In this series of lessons students create and investigate a simplified version of the food web for the Rainforest Biome. They consider the role of different organisms in the Biome and also what might happen if particular organisms were removed from the food web – contrasting this to the role of ‘keystone’ species in a real rainforest. 

Students discover that Eden’s Rainforest Ecosystem is not as natural as it may first appear and that the scientists have to work hard behind the scenes to keep things in balance, particularly when it comes to dealing with pests. 

Students use the food web and some extra information from our Eden scientists to consider the merits of biocontrol versus pesticides to control pest populations in our Biome. Finally, they consider how we should effectively communicate this scientific information to Eden’s visitors.

Eden's wildlife helpers

Objectives and curriculum links

This lesson enables students to:

  • explain how all the living things in an ecosystem have a role to play and are interdependent
  • explain why ecosystems need to be kept in balance and how the scientists at Eden achieve this
  • consider the importance of communicating scientific information to the general public

We've designed the lesson to help teachers cover the following:

KS3 Science

Resources and Downloads

Part 1: Getting to know the organisms living in the Rainforest Biome

Part 2: Creating a food web for the Rainforest Biome

Part 3: Pest management and communicating science

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