I learned about the variety of ecosystems that are possible. Plant only systems require sunlight or a lamp to encourage growth. Marine ecosystems depend on the water type. Freshwater ecosystems can be plants, fungi, bacteria, and animals or a combination. Saltwater ecosystems require more attention to maintain the water quality. In saltwater ecosystems more invertebrates can be incorporated to show their importance in ecosystems. An amphibious environment requires both freshwater and land. These environment require power to keep water moving and heat for the animals. Since amphibious environments are located in tropical climates, the simulated ecosystem needs to replicate the weather. Terrestrial ecosystems can vary between hosting plants, hosting animals or host both.
In the future, I plan on every classroom to have an ecosystem. It is beneficial as a science teacher to show the importance of ecosystems and the need for each part of the ecosystem to be healthy. When I continue onto special education, I will continue to have ecosystems and have the students involved in maintain of the ecosystem. This act will provide responsibility within the students and give them a sense of purpose; skills that are essential to SPED students and non-SPED students alike.