Ecology

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:   Biology                

Grade:   9

Unit:  Ecology                             

Pacing:  6 Weeks

Essential Question(s):

1. If the glaciers melted, how would it affect West Haven? (Environment affects how much life can be supported.)

2. How would population change if there was a cure for HIV or AIDs?  (Technology promotes human survival.)

3. How does our population fluctuate like an airport?  (Populations are constantly changing.)

Big Idea(s):

Environment affects how much life can be supported.

Technology promotes human survival.

Populations are constantly changing.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Priority

D. 43 Describe the factors that affect the carrying capacity of the environment.

 

D. 45 Explain how technological advances have affected the size and growth rate of human populations throughout history.

 

Supporting

 

D 44. Explain how change in population density is affected by emigration, immigration, birth rate and exponential

growth of human populations.

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

 

  • Factors affecting carrying capacity

 

 

  •  Technology on human growth rate

 

 

  • Change in population density dependent on outside factors

  

 

  • Identify

 

 

  • Influences

 

 

  • Estimate

 

3

 

 

5

 

 

5

Assessments

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

            See Attached

“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

            See Attached

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

            See Attached

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

·        Biology book

·        Velcro model manipulative

·        Visual models

·        Graphic organizers/foldables

·        Cells Alive! Website

·        Population pyramids

·        CAPT STS: Population Growth of Countries

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

·        Whole group (lectures/notes/discussion) (Q&A)

·        Small group

·        Partners

·        Individual

·        Smartboard

·        Powerpoint

·        Computer lab

·        Concepts in Motion  (biologygmh.com)

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

 


Ecology

Limiting Factors

Growth rate

Birth rate

Death rate

Competition

Predation

Crowding

Developed Countries

Developing Countries

Technology

Immigration

Emigration

Rapid growth

Slow growth

Global warming

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

Genocide (History)

Industrial Revolution (History)

Plotting data (Math)

Exponential Growth Curves (Math)