Science Curriculum (4 Years)
Science Units that will be covered in 5
Ecology and the Environment: Trophic Feeding Levels Unit
-Creation and monitoring of students bio-domes.-Areas of Focus: Areas of Focus within The Feeding Levels Unit:What is Ecology, Concepts inEcology, Concept-There is no such thing as a free lunch, Energy Comes From the Sun, FoodChains, Trophic Feeding Levels, Producers, Consumers, Decomposers, Aquatic Food Chains,Phytoplankton, Zooplankton, Animal Dentition, Carnivores, Herbivores, Pyramid of Biomass,Pyramid of Numbers.
Ecology and the Environment: Interactions Unit
-Includes Friday field studies and section of nature trail brochure.-Areas of Focus within The Ecology Interactions Unit:Levels of Biological Organization(Ecology), Parts of the Biosphere, Habitat, Ecological Niche, Types of Competition, CompetitiveExclusion Theory, Animal Interactions, Food Webs, Predator Prey Relationships, Camouflage,Population Sampling, Abundance, Relative Abundance, Diversity, Mimicry, Batesian Mimicry,Mullerian Mimicry, Symbiosis, Parasitism, Mutualism, Commensalism, Plant and AnimalInteractions, Coevolution, Animal Strategies to Eat Plants, Plant Defense Mechanisms, ExoticSpecies, Impacts of Invasive Exotic Species.
Ecology and the Environment: Abiotic Factors Unit
-Includes Isopod formal lab report.-
Areas of Focus within The Ecology: Abiotic Factors Unit:Abiotic Factors, Biotic Factors, TheBig 7 Abiotic Factors, Organisms Range of Tolerance, Light, How light affects Organisms,Photosynthesis, Factors in the Environment that Affect the Amount of Light, How OrganismsMovements are affected by light, Bioluminescence, How temperature affects organisms,Thermoregulation, Physiological Regulation, Behavioral Regulation, Adaptation, Hypothermia,Hyperthermia, Warm-Bloodedness (endothermy), Cold-Bloodedness, Hibernation / Torpor,Advantages of Warm-Bloodedness, Disadvantages of Warm-Bloodedness, Advantages of Cold-Bloodedness, Disadvantages of Cold-Bloodedness, Water, Water Requirements and Plants,Adaptations of Plants and Water, Adaptations of Animals and Water, Wind, Positives andNegatives of Wind to Organisms, How animals use Wind, How Plants use Wind, Wind Dispersal,Water Dispersal, Animal Seed Dispersal, Fire Ecology, Fire Dependence, Biogeochemical Cycles,Hydrologic Cycle, Carbon Cycle, Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, Oxygen-Carbon DioxideBalance, Nitrogen Cycle, Phosphorus Cycle, Importance of Phosphorus, Nutrients and AquaticSystems, Eutrophification.-Break between units to create student exhibition of Ecology concepts for Science Fair