HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience


  • HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience Lab Experiment
    Microbe Lab - Examine a pond water ecosystem
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    Lab
    Students examine pond water to determine abiotic factors (temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH) and biotic factors (microorganisms).
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-7
    HS-LS4-6
    MS-LS2-5 (Biodiversity)
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf
  • HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience Lab Experiment
    Microbe Lab - Biodiversity of Ponds
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    Lab
    Students will observe and record data from 3 samples of pond water. Students will identify organisms (protists, arthropods..etc) and numbers of organisms in each. Students will prepare a report that discusses the biodiversity of each sample.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-7
    HS-LS4-6
    MS-LS1-4 (Animal Plant Structures)
    MS-LS2-5 (Biodiversity)
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf
  • HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience Worksheet
    Population Growth Worksheet
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    Worksheet
    In this population growth worksheet, students will build their vocabulary about density-dependent limiting factors and density-independent limiting factors that affect population growth and carrying capacity. The focus of this worksheet is for students to provide definitions for the vocabulary words and compare and contrast density-dependent factors and density-independent limiting factors.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-1
    HS-LS2-2
    HS-LS2-6
    MS-LS2-4 (Ecosystem Affect on Populations)
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience Worksheet Recently Updated
    What is Life Worksheet - Frozen Frog
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    Worksheet
    This is a great twist on an interesting fact that wood frogs can freeze in the winter and thaw in the spring to resume living. Students will evaluate claims and evidence on if a frozen frog is alive. This worksheet helps students to build their claim evidence and reasoning skills.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-6
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • Multimedia
    California’s Energy Initiative
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    Multimedia
    California looks into developing clean energy to supply its needs. Economics, environmental science, politics, and electricity generation topics are covered.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-7
    HS-LS4-6
     
    Published by WGBH Educational Foundation
  • HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience Lab Experiment
    Particulates in the Air Lab
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    Lab
    Students put Petroleum jelly on microscope slides to collect air particulates at different locations. Students then discuss the likely sources of the particulates.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-7
    HS-LS4-6
     
    Published by Stephen Levine
  • HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience Lab Experiment
    Population Growth Rates Lab
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    Lab
    A fun predator prey activity that focuses on removal of a limiting factor and how that affects the resilience of the prey population and its environment. Students participate in an activity that models a population of rabbits. Students learn how density-dependent factors affect a population size.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-1
    HS-LS2-2
    HS-LS2-6
    MS-LS2-4 (Ecosystem Affect on Populations)
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience Worksheet
    Examining the Stages in Ecological Succession
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    Worksheet
    Students analyze how a pond changes and answer questions based upon the pictures of the pond.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-2
    HS-LS2-6
    MS-LS2-4 (Ecosystem Affect on Populations)
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf
  • HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience Lab Experiment
    Populations & Ecosystem Stability Lab
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    Lab
    In this population and ecosystem stability lab, students participate in an activity that models predator-prey and how resilient a population can be when limiting factors are introduced or removed. Students will model biotic and abiotic factors and how those factors affect population size. At the end of the experiment, students will make a population growth graph based on the experiment and calculate the growth rate through many generations.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-1
    HS-LS2-2
    HS-LS2-6
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science

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