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Standard 1

Students will understand that living organisms interact with one another and their environment.
  • Biology OER Textbook for Utah SEEd Standards
    The Utah Science Open Educational Resources (OER) textbook project was started to bring Utah teachers together to create a resource that aligns to Utah core science standards. The Utah Science OER textbooks are not intended to be curriculum as they do not include labs, assessments, or a teacher guide with answers. They are intended as a reference material for students with content to support teachers classroom instruction and help make sense of science concepts found in standards. This OER textbook is also available in other languages at
  • 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.
  • Competition Activity
    Use this model to see the effect of a consumer (rabbit) on two species of producers (grass and weeds).
  • Energy Pyramids and Food Chains
    Explore photosynthesis, energy flow, respiration, more. Great graphics, fun to read.
  • Energy Transfer Lab Simulation
    How does energy from food get transferred through a community of organisms? Find out here.
  • Environmental Education Center
    Information provided by the Environmental Protection agency including background information as well as curriculum resources and activities.
  • Environmental Protection Agency
    An excellent place to start in learning and teaching about environmental issues.
  • EPA: Air and Radiation
    The Environmental Protection Agency's source for information on air pollution.
  • EPA: Wetlands
    Good starting place for information on the environmental issues surrounding wetlands.
  • EPA: High School
    A site intended to inform students of environmental issues and help them protect the environment.
  • Food Chain, Food Web, and Energy Pyramid Practices
    Use these games to help you understand food webs, food chains and energy pyramids.
  • 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.
  • Introduction to Biomes
    Studying ecosystems? Here are good descriptions for each biome including flora and fauna for each.
  • 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.
  • National Wildlife Federation
    A great place to learn about wildlife and environmental concerns facing our country.
  • 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.
  • People and the Planet
    This comprehensive site provides information on environmental issues such as biodiversity, reproductive health, renewable energy, eco-tourism, and much more.
  • Predator-Prey
    Learn how predators and prey interact and the role of invasive species in an environment in this simulation.
  • Predator-Prey Simulation
    Find out how population density is a dependent factor in population growth.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service--Utah
    Information on fish and wildlife in Utah as well as threatened and endangered species in Utah.
  • Utah Department of Natural Resources
    Information on Utah's wildlife, water, oil, mining, parks, and more. Includes links to Take Pride in Utah, Project Wild (under Division of Wildlife) and other educational resources.
  • World Wildlife Fund
    A great place to learn about endangered species, places, environmental issues and much more.
  • 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.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Richard  Scott and see the Science - Secondary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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