Ecosystem Flip Book

Lesson Title: Ecosystem Flip Book

Key Objective: Students will visually represent the impacts of external conditions on biodiversity for an ecosystem over time.

Connecting Artist: Stephanie Garmey, Indigo Dream

Enduring Idea: What relationships develop as an ecosystem changes?

Students will examine a classroom ecosystem and visually document observed changes through a flipbook activity.

Materials: Materials (per student):

  • 5-8 4x4 inch squares of white paper
  • Drawing material (pencils, markers, crayons, or watercolor etc.)
  • Binder clip

Describe an example of an ecosystem that you have seen or encountered. How did its environment change overtime? How could you document the changes?

Artist Stephanie Garmey’s exhibition Indigo Dream highlights relationships between the ecosystems of the African Savannah. As a full room installation, the viewer can view each sculpture individually, and step back to see the larger whole as a single composition.

Key concepts/procedures/connecting ideas:

1. Students will examine an ecosystem from a classroom activity or research. Determine the number of days you would like students to observe the ecosystem. Each day, students will visually document the changes on their 4x4-inch squares of paper.

2. By the last layer, the ecosystem should visually represent the complete change in environmental conditions or impact of human activity on biodiversity. Have students clip the squares together to create their book.

3. To present your research, create an oral presentation that corresponds to each layer in the flipbook.