5.3: All students will understand that life science principles are powerful conceptual tools for making sense of the complexity, diversity and interconnectedness of life on Earth. Order in natural systems can be modeled and predicted through the use of mathematics.
5.4: All students will understand that Earth operates as a set of complex, dynamic and interconnected systems, and is a part of all-encompassing system of the universe.
· What are the important aspects of our local environment?
· How do we as students affect our local environment?
· How does our environment affect us?
· How do we as students, rely on our local environment?
· How does scientific knowledge benefit, deepen and broaden from scientists sharing and debating ideas and information with peers?
Weather is the result of short-term variations in temperature, humidity, and air pressure.
Various human activities have changed the capacity of the environment to support some life forms.
The number of organisms and populations an ecosystem can support depends on the biotic resources available and on biotic factors, such as quantities of light and water, range of temperatures, and soil composition.
All organisms cause changes in the ecosystem in which they live. If this change reduces another organism’s access to resources, that organism may move to another location or die.
All animals and most plants depend on both other organisms and their environment to meet their basic needs
An ecosystem includes all of the plant and animal populations and nonliving resources in a given area. Organisms interact with each other and with other components of an ecosystem.
Personal activities impact the local and global environment.
5.3.6. C.1: Explain the impact of meeting human needs and wants on local and global environments
5.3.6.C.2: Predict the impact that altering biotic and abiotic factors has on an ecosystem
5.3.6.C.3: Describe how one population of organism may affect other plants and/or animals in ecosystem.
5.4.6.F.1: Explain the interrelationships between daily temperature, air pressure and relative humidity data.
5.4.6.G.2: Create a model of ecosystems in two different locations and compare and contrast the living and nonliving components.
5.4.6.G.3: Describe the ways that humans can improve the health of ecosystems around the world.
· Step by step scientific method format to evaluate an environmental problem of our local environment.
Students will use technology to research, collaborate, and create, including but not limited to the following:
· Students will conduct online research of an environmental issue of their choice.
· Students will utilize blogs, wikis, discussion boards, and/or email to collaborate and share ideas and findings.
· Students will utilize online graphic organizers to interpret and represent data.
· Students will utilize a digital media of their choice (Glogster, podcast, Google sites, etc) to convey findings and results.