Course Standards

Supporting Learning Targets

Formative Assessment (linked to HOWL grades)

Summative Assessment (linked to standard grades)

Ecology: Students can use a food web to identify and distinguish producers, consumers and decomposers. They can explain how energy is transferred between trophic levels. Watersheds: Students can explain the relationship between topography and land use and explain how these factors affect the water cycle and water quality. Stream Chemistry: Students can analyze pH, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, phosphate, temperature, and macroinvertebrate diversity of local streams to develop their own conclusions about water quality and stream health. Scientific Inquiry: Students can follow given procedures and design their own to collect data, and write up their analysis of the conclusions.

• I can explain what the arrows in a food web show and use them correctly when creating a model of a food web. • I can define trophic levels. • I can categorize organisms in a soil food web and an aquatic food web into different trophic levels. • I can describe how producers, consumers, and decomposers obtain energy. • I can explain what factors effect a population to change over time. • I can define run-off. • I can create a model that explains how the water cycle works. • I can explain the relationship between land use and run-off. • I can explain how urban and agricultural run-off affects stream chemistry data and water quality. • I can make predictions about how changes in land use will affect water quality.

Food web pre-assessment Commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, match-up Owl food web and trophic levels Food web exit ticket Ecology MCAS packet

Food Web and Trophic Level Quiz Yeast Population Lab Venus Fly Trap Experiment Owl Pellet Dissection Reflection Stream Study Culminating Project

Intro activity to topo maps Field work practice with topo maps Topographical map exit ticket Land use and topography 3-2-1

Design Your Own Watershed Water Cycle Concepts Quiz Stream Study Culminating Project

• I can explain the relationship between dissolved oxygen, temperature, and macroinvertebrate diversity. • I can give examples of several factors that can raise and lower stream chemistry data. • I can explain what the healthy range is for each stream chemistry indicator. • I can analyze the stream chemistry data to develop conclusions about water quality.
• I can follow procedures to collect water samples and test for pH, temperature, DO, nitrate, and phosphate. • I can collect and classify macroinvertebrate species that are pollution tolerant and pollution sensitive.

Expert group work on one stream chemistry indicator Graphic organizer of stream chemistry indicators Small group work on data analysis of initial stream chemistry data Laboratory observation one Laboratory observation two Field work observation one Field work observation two

Bottled Water Lab Stream Chemistry Quiz Stream Study Culminating Project

Bottled Water Lab Red Worm Observation Lab Decomposition Experiment Stream Study Culminating Project