Unit 1 - Ecology

How do living things interact with each other and the environment?


Natural Solutions
  • Biotic factors affect abiotic factors in unexpected ways.
  • There are often natural solutions to big problems.
Oct 2nd  & Oct 3rd - Lesson 19
  1. Fill in this form as you are doing the following:

  1. How do wolves affect the course of a river?
  2. How can people use living trees to build infrastructure?

  1. Share your essays in small groups (of 3 to 4)
    1. Read your essays out loud one at a time.  Other members close laptop lids.
    2. Be considerate and positive.  Ask clarifying questions.
    3. Give positive feedback.


Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency
  • “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” ~Einstein
Sept 26th & Sept 29th - Lesson 17
  1. Outlines
  2. Organization
  3. Voice
  4. Word Choice (see rubric)
  5. Sentence Fluency (see rubric)


Library Resources, Outlines & Essay Organization
  • Outlines organize our essay.  They show the order of presentation of ideas & facts.  (They do not have to have complete sentences or paragraphs.)
Sept 24th & Sept 25th - Lesson 16
  1. Reminders:
  2. Paraphrasing (only blocks 1 and 3)
  3. Paraphrasing Feedback (only blocks 6, 7 & 8)
  4. Library Resources
  5. Outlines
  6. Organization


Cave Ecosystems and Geology
  • Life finds ways to survive even the most inhospitable places.
Sept 11th & Sept 12th - Lesson 14
  1. Classroom Without Walls
  2. Cave Geology
  3. Cave Ecosystems:

Class notes are linked here.

Ecological Issues: Species & Ecosystems
  • Pick an issue that you are most passionate about.
Sept 9th & Sept 10th - Lesson 13
  1. Ecological Issues
    1. What are the major causes of species being threatened?
    2. What are the major causes of ecosystem destruction?
  2. Pick your issue:


Learn from Mistakes & Ecology Issues
  • Your most valuable ability is continuous improvement; and you can only improve by learning from your mistakes.  
  • The world is full of natural and man-made ecological disasters
Sept 3rd & Sept 4th - Lesson 11
  1. Whaling
    1. BBC - Human Planet - Whaling - Is whaling acceptable for some people sometimes?
  2. Learning from Mistakes

Ecology Test & Introduce Ecology Issues
  • Read the questions carefully!
Sept 1st & Sept 2nd -- Lesson 10
  1. Test (~60 minutes)
  2. Whaling
    1. BBC - Human Planet - Whaling - Is whaling acceptable for some people sometimes?


Ecology Review Class
  • Practice and you will have success.
Aug 26nd & Aug 27th -- Lesson  9
  1. Make a Graded Food Web
  2. Prepare for your Test
    1. Class game
      1. Look at the list of words and definitions.
      2. Do the Cards.  Star the words you don’t know.
      3. Try the Scatter game.
      4. Try Learn and/or the Matching part of the Test section.

Changes in Abiotic Parts/Factors
  • If abiotic factors change, it affects organisms in that environment.
Aug 22nd & Aug 25th -- Lesson  8
  1. Abiotic Parts Factors
  2. Ecosystems Overall

Ecosystems
  • To understand an ecosystem, analysis both the biotic and abiotic parts/factors.
Aug 20th & Aug 21st - Lesson 7
  1. Abiotic Parts

Life’s Competitive
  • Organisms compete for their basic needs.  
Aug 18th & Aug 19th - Lesson 6
  1. Competition
  2. Quick Review Question and Answer

Biotic Interactions & Graded’s Ecosytems
  • Every part of the world - from the small to the large - has amazing ecosystems.
Aug 14th & Aug 15th - Lesson 5
    1. Compare different types of interactions.
    2. Give examples of different types of interactions.

Food Webs 2
  • All organisms in an ecosystem are connected.
Aug 12th & Aug 13th - Lesson 4
      1. Look at the list of words and definitions.
      2. Do the Cards.  Star the words you don’t know.
      3. Try the Scatter game.
      4. Try Learn and/or the Matching part of the Test section.

Food Webs
  • Eating moves chemical energy through the food web.
Aug 8th & Aug 11th - Lesson 3
In your taskbook
      1. Be sure you have written down all qualitative observations.
      2. Finish calculating mass change of the leaf.
      3. Answer the discussion questions.
    1. Photosynthetic organisms get energy from sunlight.  How do non-photosynthetic organisms get energy?
    2. Define and give examples of producers, consumer, decomposer and scavenger.
      1. Look at the list of words and definitions.
      2. Do the Cards.  Star the words you don’t know.
      3. Try the Scatter game.
      4. Try Learn and/or the Matching part of the Test section.

Ecology & Energy
  • Light from the Sun provides energy for life on Earth.
Aug 6th & Aug 7th - Lesson 2
    1. How can we read and understand word equations?
    2. How do we make predictions?
    3. How can we change variables for investigations?
    4. Describe the difference between qualitative and quantitative observations.
    1. How are photosynthesis and combustion related?
    2. How do we use an electronic scale?
    3. Describe what happens to solids when they burn.

Our Living World
  • Be considerate to people, to learning environments and to things.  
  • Always start with what you know!
Aug 4th & Aug 5th - Lesson 1
  1. How can be considerate to create a positive learning environment?

Welcome to Science 7!
  • Strive to embody the Core Values and “The Tenth Core Value”.
July 31st & Aug 1st  Lesson 0
  1. What are the Core Values?   How can we create a positive learning environment?  What is the missing Core Value?  

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