Cards labeled with levels of organization in print and braille

Ecology: Levels of Organization

In this activity, students order the levels of organization from least to most interactions or vice versa.

As students are taught the levels of organization from single organism to the biosphere, they are tasked with placing them in order.  This activity can be played as a game if desired. 

Vocabulary terms:



Prepare cards in large print and/or braille for each student as appropriate:


  1. After initial instruction on levels of organization in ecology, present each student with the stack of 5 cards out of order and explain the task.
  2. The Task: Place the cards in order form least amount of interaction to most.  Alternatively, students can be asked to place in order from most to least amount of interaction between organisms.
  3. Have students race to complete the task to build interest.  
  4. After students have ordered the terms, discuss with each student and as a group. Reteach as necessary. 
  5. Continue with related instruction, such as questions from text, worksheet, etc. 

Students can work in groups if this will be beneficial.


Extension activity:

NGSS Standards:

Middle School – Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

By Laura Hospitál

collage of ecology: levels of organization

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