Unit 2

Ecology

Moodle Section 7 - The Organization of Life

Essential Questions:

    • What is the difference between abiotic and biotic factors in an ecosystem?
    • How does a population differ from a species?
    • How does natural selection drive the process of evolution?
    • What is an adaptation?
    • How do we organize the diversity of life

Moodle Section 8 - How Ecosystems Work

Essential Questions:

    • How do photosynthesis and respiration move energy through an ecosystem?
    • What is the difference between a food web and a food chain?
    • How is an energy pyramid a representation of trophic levels?
    • How does succession change an ecosystem?

Moodle Section 9 - Biomes

Essential Questions: 

    • What is a biome?
    • What are the factors that differentiate between each biome?
    • What are the major characteristics of the following land biomes: Tundra, Deciduous Forest, Coniferous Forest, Grassland, Desert, and Tropical Rain Forest.

Moodle Section 10 - Aquatic Ecosystems

Essential Questions: 

    • What are the factors that determine where an organism lives in an aquatic ecosystem?
    • What are the major characteristics of the following aquatic ecosystems: Lakes, Wetlands, Rivers, Estuaries, Coral Reefs, and Oceans.

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