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Grade K-3, 4-7
Subject All Science, Biology
Resource type Activity, Lesson plan/Unit plan
Duration 60 minutes

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Students take a census of an outdoor site, and look for organisms that perform different “jobs” in the biotic community. A biotic (or natural) community is made up of the various organisms that live and interact with one another in a particular environment. As in a human community, its members have different roles and depend on each other for survival. In this activity, students examine a study area to find out what organisms live there and the ecological jobs or niches they fill.
Jobs in a Biotic Community by the Center for Ecoliteracy