Unit Title: Introduction to Ecology
This unit is part of a 10th grade Biology core and is designed for use with an online class. I designed this as a hypothetical unit. This is assuming that classes would be taught 2 times a week for a 6 week session. Students will be required to conduct an experiment at home and maintain a blog journal with regular updates on the progress of their experiment.
Utah State Office of Education Biology Core Curriculum
Science Benchmark: Ecosystems are shaped by interactions among living organisms and their physical environment. Ecosystems change constantly, either staying in a state of dynamic balance or shifting to a new state of balance. Matter cycles in ecosystems, and energy flows from outside sources through the system. Humans are part of ecosystems and can deliberately or inadvertently alter an ecosystem.
STANDARD I: Students will understand that living organisms interact with one another and their environment.
USOE Intended Learning Outcomes Addressed:
- Use Science Process and Thinking Skills
- Manifest Scientific Attitudes and Interests
- Demonstrate Understanding of Science Concepts, Principles and Systems
- Communicate Effectively Using Science Language and Reasoning
- Demonstrate Understanding of the Nature of Science
Objective 1: Students will be able to summarize how energy flows through an ecosystem.
Objective 2: Students will be able to explain relationships between matter cycles and organisms and infer human impact on cycles.
Objective 3: Students will be able to interpret interactions among biotic and abiotic factors within an ecosystem.
The detailed curricula draft can be found here on my webpage https://jpsamak.com/ed655-curriculum-plan/.
There are a few assignments that have not been fully developed, but they are noted as such. I look forward to any feedback on my project.