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Big Idea
Introduce students to ecology concepts and organization.
Essential Questions
What are the levels and interactions in an ecosystem?
What are the various ways to study populations of organisms?
Standards


SC07-S01-C01-01
Formulate questions based on observations that lead to the development of a hypothesis.
SC07-S03-C01-01
Analyze environmental risks (e.g., pollution, destruction of habitat) caused by human interaction with biological or geological systems.
SC07-S04-C03-06
Create a model of the interactions of living organisms within an ecosystem.
Skills
Categorize image cards (organism, population, community, ecosystem).
Content/Core Ideas
  • An individual is one single organism.
  • A population is all the individuals of one kind in a specified area at one time.
  • A community is all the interacting populations in a specified area.
  • An ecosystem is a system of interacting organisms and nonliving factors in a specified area.
  • Biotic factors are living elements in an ecosystem; abiotic factors are nonliving elements.
Crosscutting Concepts
Patterns
Learning Practices
CC:7.SL.4 students provide evidence for posting ecosystem cards in categories
Academic Vocabulary
  • individual
  • population
  • community
  • ecosystem
  • biotic factors
  • abiotic factors
Resources
Assessments
Summative:
Mid-summative Exam 1-2
Formative: 
Ecosystem Card-Sort Results
Formative:
Among the Wild Chimpanzees Questions