Galva High School and Stark County High School

Integrated Science Curriculum

Year 1 Theme - Mother Earth

III. Ecology/Ecosystems Unit (SI, Chs. 4, 5, 6)

A. Climate

  1. Seasons
    1. Earth/Sun/Moon Demo
    2. Minilab: "How does sunlight affect temperature?" (SI, p. 128)
    3. Investigation: "Temperature & seed germination" (SI, p. 132)
  2. Lecture: Precipitation
  3. Begin - "Study of biomes" project (see end of unit)
B. Ecosystems
  1. Investigation 10.1: "Living high" (SL, p. 10.2)
  2. Terrestrial terrarium
  3. Biotic factors
    1. Minilab: "What are the living & nonliving features of an . . . ?" (SI, p. 115)
    2. Thinking lab: "Comparing diversity in different ecosystems" (SI, p. 117)
    3. Discussion: Ecosystems (coral)
  4. Abiotic factors
    1. Minilab: "Do nonliving features help determine which species . . . ?" (SI, p. 126)
    2. Minilab: "How can solids form in water?" (SI, p. 136)
  5. Project: "Let's learn more about our national parks!" (handout)
C. Food webs
  1. Activity: "Energy relay race"
  2. Activity 16: "Food chains" (ESAK, p. 151)
  3. Lab 21-1: "Observing pond water"
  4. Lab 7: "A microscopic community" (SI Lab, p. )
  5. Investigation 2.1: "Toothpicks in hiding" (ES-HRW, pp. 9-12)
D. Interactions among organisms
  1. Minilab: "How do organisms interact within ecosystems" (SI, p. 143)
  2. Minilab: "What kinds of organisms live in leaf litter?" (SI, p. 144)
E. Energy systems
  1. Minilab: "What do pond snails eat?" (SI, p. 147)
  2. Investigation: "The role of decomposers in ecosystems" (SI, p. 152)
  3. Minilab: "How does energy flow in a leaf-litter community?" (SI, p. 155)
F. Carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen cycles
  1. Activity: Nutrient cycling
  2. Minilab: "Do germinating seeds produce carbon dioxide?" (SL, p. 163)
  3. Lab 8: "Too much carbon dioxide?" (SI Lab, p. 33)
G. Populations
  1. Minilab: "How many offspring can a single dandelion produce?" (SI, p. 174)
  2. Investigation: "Population growth in paramecium" (SI, pp. 176-177)
  3. Exercise: "Checking understanding" (SI, p. 181)
H. Performance assessment: "Study of biomes" project
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Last Update: August 24, 2001
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