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Standard 1
Students will understand that living organisms interact with one another and their environment.
  • Circle of Life
    Everything that organisms do in ecosystems--running, breathing, burrowing, growing--requires energy. Of all the factors that influence how an ecosystem functions, none is more important than the flow of energy. Where do organisms get their energy? How does this energy move within an ecosystem? Why are food chains rarely longer than three or four links? What is the difference between food webs and food chains?
  • Utah's Amazing Ecosystems
    Students will learn about ecosystems by researching different areas in Utah.
  • What Goes Around Comes Around!
    The paths of water, carbon, and nitrogen are cyclic. In this lesson students will model the cycles of matter by creating an ecosystem in a jar. They will also give research-based oral presentations on the carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles.
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  • Birds of Prey
    Explore the predator/prey relationship and its impact on an ecosystem. Good background for food chain/food web discussions.
  • Brine Shrimp 1: Hatching Brine Shrimp
    Part one of a two-part lesson involving brine shrimp (see also Brine Shrimp Survival). What is the optimum salinity for hatching brine shrimp?
  • Brine Shrimp Survival
    Part two of two lessons involving brine shrimp (see also Hatching Brine Shrimp). In the first lesson, students determined optimum salinity for hatching brine shrimp. In this lesson, students raise brine shrimp, designing an artificial environment in which they can survive.
  • Burrowing Owls
    This lesson uses the example of the Burrowing Owl to illustrate how human activities can control the fate of a species. Students look at examples of both negative and positive human impact.
  • Food Webs in the Bay
    Students investigate Chesapeake Bay area plants and animals and create a food web. Involves students in research, presentations, and discussions.
  • If You Hear a Hoot, Then This Site is Kaput
    In this EconomicsMinute, you will learn about which species are covered under the 1973 Endangered Species Act, the different organizations and their philosophies on how to protect these species, and how each group's policies are driven by self interest as you weigh each group's costs and benefits.
  • Managing the Everglades Ecosystem
    This lesson explores conservation in the Everglades ecosystem. Students will investigate relationships between species and habitats, as well as evaluate human impact.
  • Owls: Top of a Food Chain
    This hands-on activity teaches about food chains. Students dissect owl pellets to determine the the source of food energy, and determine where this energy has been distributed.
  • Yellowstone Wolves
    This investigation uses the conflict between ranchers and wolves to explore the relationships between living things and their environments, and the effects of physical and human forces on the natural world.

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