Weekly Summary: As we continue to work through our ecosystem unit, students will begin to look at the details of a Michigan ecosystem. Students will identify abiotic and biotic components and relationships within their selected ecosystem. They will create a food web about the ecosystem and make predictions regarding what the impact of an invasive species will be.
- MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
- MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
- MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
- MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Students will select an ecosystem they wish to work with. They will create a slide document identifying organisms within the ecosystem and the resources they require, as well as abiotic factors present.
Essential Question: What are the components of a Michigan Ecosystem?
Student Objective: Students will identify components of a Michigan ecosystem.
Tuesday – Wednesday
Students will begin the hour by watching a short video clip on food webs. Students will then define producers and consumers, identifying the source of energy for each. Students will then complete and add a food web to their slides presentation, showing how the organisms within their ecosystem interact.
Essential Question: How does food move through an ecosystem?
Student Objective: Students will model the flow of energy through an ecosystem.
Thursday – Friday
Students will identify an invasive species relevant to their ecosystem and predict the impact it will have. Students will then develop a decision matrix to identify a solution to their invasive species while considering constraints and criteria.
Essential Question: How can we use constraints and criteria to come up with the best solution for our ecosystem problem?
Student Objective: Students will use a decision matrix to help them determine the best solution to an invasive species.