Dayson Pasion

Inquiry Narrative Goals 5.01 and 5.02

Biol 410

I am not sure if I did this right or not. I used a driving question but focused it through a pop culture phenomenon. I did this because I felt that this would really interest students and keep them engaged. I do not think that this would be too hard to adapt once the new craze faded away (you would just need to substitute and change the focus). This may also give teachers and students an opportunity to link education across disciplines (English class may be able to coincide with this unit).

Driving Question Outline • What natural settings do we see in the Twilight series and movie? ○ What biomes do we find in the Twilight series? What other biomes do we find on Earth? ○ Using the setting of Forks, Washington: What organisms do we find in the Pacific Northwest of the United States? ○ What roles do these organisms of the Pacific Northwest play in their environment? ○ How does the non-living environment affect the living organisms of the Pacific Northwest? ○ How do these organisms interact with each other? ○ Where does the energy and nutrients come from to fuel the growth of the forests of the Pacific Northwest? ○ What happens to the relationships among organisms when one is removed? ○ How has the ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest changed over time? ○ How have humans affected the ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest?

Driving Question Outline with Answers • What natural settings do we see in the Twilight series and movie? ○ What biomes do we find in the Twilight series? What other biomes do we find on Earth?  In the Twilight series we can find the temperate rainforests of Forks and La Push, Washington; we can find the intertidal zone and kelp forests of the Northwest Pacific Ocean off the coast of Washington; the arctic tundra of Alaska; the chaparral in Italy; and the desert in Phoenix, Arizona. • Biome, habitat and biosphere  Other biomes of the world include: • Terrestrial biomes (polar desert, taiga, grassland, tropical evergreen forest, etc)

Dayson Pasion

Inquiry Narrative Goals 5.01 and 5.02

Biol 410

• Freshwater biomes (lakes, rivers, etc.) • Marine biomes (coral reefs, mangrove forests, etc.) Using the setting of Forks, Washington: What organisms do we find in the Pacific Northwest of the United States? What roles do these organisms play in their environment?  Some organisms play specific roles in their environment. • Producers, consumers, herbivores, omnivores, carnivores, decomposers, ecosystem engineer, foundation species, and keystone species How does the non-living environment affect the living organisms of the Pacific Northwest?  Abiotic factors are non-living conditions that can affect organisms. Biotic factors are living (or once living) organisms that affect other organisms. • Abiotic and biotic factors How do these organisms interact with each other?  Some organisms may form symbiotic relationships with another. • Symbiosis, commensalism, mutualism, parasitism.  Size of populations may be affected by other organisms. • Carrying capacity, limiting factor, predation, mortality and natality  Life can be organized beyond organism. It is organized from least complex too more complex. • Species, population, community, ecosystem, and biosphere.  Organisms will compete for the same resources. • Competition Where does the energy and nutrients come from to fuel the growth of the forests of the Pacific Northwest?  Carbon found in organisms comes from the CO2 in the environment. • Carbon cycle  Energy for life comes from the Sun. The energy then flows from organism to organism but most of the energy is lost to the environment. • Photosynthesis, trophic levels, food chains and food webs. What happens to the relationships among organisms when one is removed?  Organisms can have a dramatic role in their environment. • Ecosystem engineers, foundation species, keystone species. How has the ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest changed over time?

Dayson Pasion 

Inquiry Narrative Goals 5.01 and 5.02

Biol 410

Ecosystems can change over time and have a predictable pattern. • Disturbance and ecological succession How have humans affected the ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest?  Humans have had a huge impact on the environment. • Global climate change, deforestation, and overfishing

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