Draw a cycle, a system or a flow - Schematic Representation

Carefully examine this drawing. Click on it for a larger view.

greenhouse drawing
This figure was created by Robert A. Rohde, The file is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 2.5 License

This figure is a simplified, schematic representation of the flows of energy between space, the atmosphere, and the Earth's surface, and shows how these flows combine to trap heat near the surface.

The drawing helps you grasp a complex set of events and how they interact.

Here is another example developed by the government. scheme drawing

Make Your Own Schematic Represenatation

There are many cycles, systems, flows and events in a wetland ecosystem or that can impact a wetland.

Select one.

Make a schematic representation to show/explain what is occurring.

You may draw it freehand, cut and paste pictures from newspapers or magazines or use a computer to illustrate it.

Include a title in the project. On a separate paper/page - write a brief explanation that reinforces or explains what you are illustrating.

Examples of schematic representations:

The Ecopoesis model | Phases of Moon | Wiring a Basic Light Switch | Parasitism | Aquarium water pumping

Earth's Tilt Is the Reason for the Seasons! | Cells the building blocks of life | Scientific Method - inquiry wheel

Components of Nurse Supply and Demand- figure 1 | Schematic diagram of a modern von Neumann processor

Path to a Park | Mesh Network Topology | Achieving simple goals

cattails Wetlands: Habitat / Mammals / Birds / Aquatic insects / Plants & trees / Amphibians

Just Ducky - crossword puzzle about ducks / Name that Duck practice / Wetland Vocabulary Exercise

Wetland food web / Wetland or frog song activity / Eagles Status Evaluation / Competition Conundrum

Map Wetlands in your Community / Lentic ecosystem or Lotic ecosystem? / Monitor Wetland

Wetland Poem Project / Water & Watershed Studies / Water Wars / Map PA Waters

Bats are our Buddies / Bats at the Beach Activity / Firefly Watch - fun project

School Habitat Garden Project / Environmental Careers / Pennsylvania HS Envirothon

West Eugene Wetlands Case Web Site investigate a conflict about a wetlands

Puzzles and Projects / Plants and People / Problem based Learning / Habitat Garden / Computers / Nature / Home

Posted 2/2010 by Cynthia J. O'Hora Updated 2/2013

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Pennsylvania Science Anchors
S.A.3. Systems, Models, and Patterns
S4.B.3.2 Biological Sciences Describe, explain, and predict change in natural or human-made systems and the possible effects of those changes on the environment.
S4.B.3.3 Biological Sciences Identify or describe human reliance on the environment at the individual or the community level.

Pennsylvania Science & Technology Standards and Ecology & Environment Standards

Science NetLinks Benchmark 5 - The Living Environment - How living things function and interact. A. Diversity of Life
"One of the most general distinctions among organisms is between plants, which use sunlight to make their own food, and animals, which consume energy-rich foods. Animals and plants have a great variety of body plans and internal structures that contribute to their being able to make or find food and reproduce. All organisms, including the human species, are part of and depend on two main interconnected global food webs."

D. Interdependence of Life - " In all environments freshwater, marine, forest, desert, grassland, mountain, and others organisms with similar needs may compete with one another for resources, including food, space, water, air, and shelter.

Aligned with Pennsylvania Academic Standards: Reading, Writing, Science & Technology, Ecology & Environment, Mathematics, Geography, Career.

Aligned with National Academic Standards: Technology, Science, Geography.