Environments

Through the study of different ecosystems, students build an understanding of the relationships between organisms and their environments. The Environments Module focuses on the concepts that organisms need energy and matter to live and grow, and that living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for their survival and the survival of populations.

Students will:

  • Determine an organism's environmental preferences for various nonliving environmental factors to better understand the environment in which it will survive.
  • Maintain organisms in the classroom in a classroom environment to develop concepts of environmental factor, range of tolerance, and optimum conditions for survival.
  • Observe and record changes in organisms and their environment over time.
  • Identify and describe ecosystem feeding relationships.
  • Use modeling to construct representations of the natural world and make predictions about changes in populations.
  • Conduct controlled experiments with organisms to discover their range of tolerance for environmental factors.
  • Graph and interpret data from multiple trials from experiments, and build explanations from evidence.

Investigations:

  • Investigation 1: Environmental Factors
  • Investigation 2: Aquatic Environments
  • Investigation 3: Brine Shrimp Hatching
  • Investigation 4: Range of Tolerance

A Complete Kit includes:

  • Investigations Guide
  • Teacher Resources
  • 32 Science Resource books
  • Nonconsumable equipment
  • Consumable materials for two class uses

Please note: Live Organism Coupons are not included in the kit; they must be purchased separately.

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