MS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems


  • MS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems Lab Experiment
    The Earthworm and Soil Fertilization Lab
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    Lab
    Students observe how an earthworm influences soil structure (The ingestion of soil; the partial breakdown of organic matter; the mixture of these factions, and the ejection of this material as surface or sub-surface casts; the formation of water-stable aggregates; the aeration of the soil, and the improvement of its water-holding capacity; the addition of lime to the soil.). Students should develop an appreciation for earthworms.
    NGSS Standard
    MS-LS2-1 (Resource Availability)
    5-LS2-1 (Movement of Matter)
    4-LS1-1 (Plant Animal Structures)
     
    Published by Carolyn Matthews
  • MS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems Worksheet
    North American Biomes Worksheet
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    Worksheet
    Students color in the appropriate biome on a map of North America. Students then answer several questions about those biomes.
    NGSS Standard
    MS-LS2-1 (Resource Availability)
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf
  • MS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems Lab Experiment
    Fungi Lab - Moldy Jell-O
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    Lab
    In this fungi lab, students learn to design an experiment by creating an independent variable and using mold growth as the dependent variable.
    NGSS Standard
    MS-LS2-1 (Resource Availability)
     
    Published by Ingrid Waldron and Jennifer Doherty
  • MS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems Lab Experiment
    Food Chain Lab - Owl Pellets
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    Lab
    In this food chain lab, students dissect owl pellets to learn how the owl is part of a food chain. Since the owl regurgitates these compact pellets, owl pellets are undigested parts that the owl eats, which contain fur and bones of small rodents. Dry pellets will not smell and are acceptable for students to handle with gloves.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-2
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS1-7 (Metabolism)
    MS-LS2-1 (Resource Availability)
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf

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