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3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, English Language Arts

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  • Activity - Classroom
  • Worksheets

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Buckets of Benefits

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  • This resource is an engaging activity where students make analogies between common items and ecosystem services. 
  • Working in groups or individually, students will have a group of items or cards they will use to fill out the included worksheet.
Teaching Tips


  • It is a hands-on and engaging way of getting the students to appreciate the benefits of ecosystems.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Provide background information about ecosystems and the benefits of nature before doing this activity.
  • The activity can be performed using either actual buckets of materials or handouts; the educator should decide on this beforehand.


  • This activity can be used during a school event or club meeting to create awareness about ecosystem services and the benefits of nature.
  • Science classes could incorporate this activity into lessons about biomes, ecosystems, producers and consumers, food webs, plants, or habitats.
  • Check out these Environmental Education Group Games and Activities for other engaging ways to teach about ecosystems.
Scientist Notes
The resource provides a good scope for students to identify site-specific ecosystem services and interrelate the benefits they have for humans. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Language (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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