Ecology

The ecology module covers the concepts of the components and organization of an ecosystem, the flow of energy through living systems, biodiversity, and ecological succession. Students have the opportunity to guide their own learning with a variety of “knowledge objectives” in order to provide the necessary tools to stimulate critical thinking and the application of the necessary scientific levels.

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OVERVIEW

Brief description of the module, subject TEKS, NGSS Science and Engineering Practices, and knowledge objectives

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE: ECOSYSTEM ORGANIZATION

Describe and differentiate between abiotic and biotic factors in an ecosystem | Describe the levels of organization in an ecosystem.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE: ENERGY FLOW IN ECOSYSTEMS

Define competition | Identify limiting factors and their impact on population size | Create food chain and food web diagrams | Analyze energy pyramids

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE: BIODIVERSITY

Explain the importance of biodiversity to an ecosystem and distinguish between areas of high and low biodiversity.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE: BIOMES

Describe the characteristics of earth’s major biomes.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE: ECOLOGICAL SUCCESSION

Differentiate between primary and secondary succession and describe how each one affects an ecosystem.

BACKPACK ADVENTURES

Science fiction story built upon factual science concepts

MAKE A NOTE OF THAT

Note-taking guides

MEET A SCIENTIST

Biography of a research pioneer in the topic area

PRACTICE

Mnemonic tools and digital games

REAL SCIENCE REVIEW

Guided simulated peer review of published research re-written for readability

SCIENTIST VIDEOS

Video presentation from a scientist in topic area