Ecology Unit

In this unit we will be investigating ecology, the study of the relationships between organisms and their environment.  We will explore population ecology, species interactions, energy transfer in ecosystems, and conservation biology.  The learning objectives for this unit are listed below.  I have developed a learning objective tracking sheet that you might find useful.  After completing this unit, you should know and be able to do the following:

  • LO 2.22 The student is able to refine scientific models and questions about the effect of complex biotic and abiotic interactions on all biological systems, from cells and organisms to populations, communities and ecosystems.
  • LO 2.23 The student is able to design a plan for collecting data to show that all biological systems (cells, organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems) are affected by complex biotic and abiotic interactions.
  • LO 2.24 The student is able to analyze data to identify possible patterns and relationships between a biotic or abiotic factor and a biological system (cells, organisms, populations, communities or ecosystems).
  • LO 2.28 The student is able to use representations or models to analyze quantitatively and qualitatively the effects of disruptions to dynamic homeostasis in biological systems.
  • LO 2.3 The student is able to predict how changes in free energy availability affect organisms, populations and ecosystems.
  • LO 2.35 The student is able to design a plan for collecting data to support the scientific claim that the timing and coordination of physiological events involve regulation.
  • LO 2.36 The student is able to justify scientific claims with evidence to show how timing and coordination of physiological events involve regulation.
  • LO 2.37 The student is able to connect concepts that describe mechanisms that regulate the timing and coordination of physiological events.
  • LO 2.9 The student is able to represent graphically or model quantitatively the exchange of molecules between an organism and its environment, and the subsequent use of these molecules to build new molecules that facilitate dynamic homeostasis, growth and reproduction.
  • LO 4.11 The student is able to justify the selection of the kind of data needed to answer scientific questions about the interaction of populations within communities.
  • LO 4.12 The student is able to apply mathematical routines to quantities that describe communities composed of populations of organisms that interact in complex ways.
  • LO 4.13 The student is able to predict the effects of a change in the community’s populations on the community.
  • LO 4.14 The student is able to apply mathematical routines to quantities that describe interactions among living systems and their environment, which result in the movement of matter and energy.
  • LO 4.15 The student is able to use visual representations to analyze situations or solve problems qualitatively to illustrate how interactions among living systems and with their environment result in the movement of matter and energy.
  • LO 4.16 The student is able to predict the effects of a change of matter or energy availability on communities.
  • LO 4.18 The student is able to use representations and models to analyze how cooperative interactions within organisms promote efficiency in the use of energy and matter.
  • LO 4.19 The student is able to use data analysis to refine observations and measurements regarding the effect of population interactions on patterns of species distribution and abundance.
  • LO 4.21 The student is able to predict consequences of human actions on both local and global ecosystems.
  • LO 4.27 The student is able to make scientific claims and predictions about how species diversity within an ecosystem influences ecosystem stability.
  • LO 4.9 The student is able to predict the effects of a change in a component(s) of a biological system on the functionality of an organism(s).
  • LO 3.40 The student is able to analyze data that indicate how organisms exchange information in response to internal changes and external cues, and which can change behavior.
  • LO 3.41 The student is able to create a representation that describes how organisms exchange information in response to internal changes and external cues, and which can result in changes in behavior.
  • LO 4.8 The student is able to evaluate scientific questions concerning organisms that exhibit complex properties due to the interaction of their constituent parts.

These learning objectives are related to the following enduring understandings:

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About ryanwoodside

I help students learn science. I teach at Windham High School in Maine.
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