NGSS Aligned Resources for MS-LS2-4.
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
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Farming the Desert: The Science Behind Desertification
6th - 10th CCSS: Designed
Learn the implications of extreme climate changes on ecosystems. Young earth scientists explore the desertification of areas in West Africa and consider implemented solutions. Their study includes analysis of climate data from the area...
The Need Is Mutual: The Importance of Biological Interactions
6th - 8th CCSS: Designed
Can you name the biological interactions you encounter during a day? Your classes might be surprised by the number of interactions they experience! A comprehensive lesson explores the science of symbiotic relationships. Learners identify...
Ecosystem Interdependence: Managing Salmon for Healthy Forests
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Examine the impact the fishing industry has on local ecosystems. The hands-on lesson plan begins with an experiment that tests the effectiveness of fish-based fertilizers. It continues with a computer-based module that simulates...
Bee Detective: Discover the Culprit Behind Declining Bee Populations
6th - 8th CCSS: Designed
The Colony Collapse Disorder has some people baffled. Task your classes with providing possible explanations for the declining bee colony population. Through brainstorming and research, young scholars present plausible causes while...
Limiting Factors to Population Growth: Graphing Population Growth
7th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
If any of the limiting factors in an environment change, both animal and plant populations also change. The video explains two different models of growth and the impact of limiting factors. It highlights the carrying capacity of an...
C. elegans and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
9th - 12th
Introduce the topic of astrobiology in a unit that's out of this world. Biology scholars examine the search for extraterrestrial life by culturing roundworms, a species that has been key in helping researchers understand the challenges...
LS2C - Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience
7 mins 3rd - 12th
How do ecosystems react to change over time? Show your class how natural and man-made factors affect the organisms in an area using the guidelines in a video about standard LS2C. Topics include biotic and abiotic factors, biodiversity,...
Using Empirical Data in the Classroom: Raptor Migrations!
6th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
Raptor flight patterns align with seasonal changes in net primary productivity. Here is a thought-provoking lesson that uses empirical data from a video to help scholars understand raptor migrations, producers/consumers, and ecosystems....