A composite of lessons directed towards 6-8th grade students to dive into the subject of biodiversity. Students will participate in the scientific process, go on field trips and gain a depth of information on local biodiversity.
How do interactions between abiotic and biotic factors in ecosystems affect the biodiversity of those ecosystems?
At the end of this unit:
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Construct and explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organsims across multiple ecocystems.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
Construct an argument supported by emperical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodviersity and ecosystem services.
LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS2.B Cycle of Matter and Energy Transformation in Ecosystems
LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience
LS2.D: Biodiversity and Humans
LS2.E: Developing Possible Solutions
SC8.1.4 Diversity of Organisms
SC8.1.5 Behavior and Adaptations
SC8.1.6 Interrelationships of Populations and Ecosystems
Unit Creation: Deb Freitas
Unit overview and listed standards.
What do we already know about our local ecosystem?
Take a trip to the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center.
Participate in a citizen science project.
Download WyoBio's Data collection spreadsheet here
Define a local study site and collect baseline abiotic data.
Explore the species that live in your local study site.
Start a student driven research project focusing on one local species.
Create a class-wide food web to understand how local species interact.
How does your local system react to disturbances?
Are there rare, threatened or endangered species in your area?
What invasive species live locally and what impact do they have?
Share out findings to the rest of the class and understand how to take learnings from this unit and apply them to other ecosystems.