Ch 1: Ecosystems and Biomes

1.1: Abiotic vs. Biotic Factors ( p 6-13)
foldable booklet with cards of abiotic pictures & examples of nonliving things in an ecosystem
Biodiversity Song: "We Are All Connected"

1.2: Cycles: water, carbon, & nitrogen ( p 16-20)
foldable with tri-fold to illustrate & describe each cycle
Harry Potter & the Carbon Cycle
Nitrogen Cycle
Water Cycle

1.3: Energy Pyramid: ( p 22-29)
foldable triangle with flaps for a food web & energy pyramid
Energy Pyramid Skit by 8th graders
The Food Chain- Sherman's Lagoon

1.4: Biomes: ( p 30-37)
partner(s) project using creating an advertisement for travel to a location in a specific biome
Biome Song

Tune in the Today Show to see where Matt Lauer has traveled 1: Namidia, Africa (Skeleton Coast)-desert biome
Where In the World Is Matt Lauer???

On Thursday, Matt went to the Swiss Alps....breathtaking!!!
Matt visits the Arctic Tundra biome!

Scientists in Antarctica

Opportunity to apply concepts for this first chapter:
Short answer questions for ch 1 test


The Chemistry of Water: untamedscience podcast website
Discovering the Wetlands: untamedscience podcast website

Soil Lab:

Inquiry-based lab testing 5 different types of soils, clay, sand, loam, & 2 types of South Dakota Badlands soils
Students make qualitative and quantitative observations before hypothesizing as to the absorption quality of the soils. Students filter soils with water & time water absorption

Check out this clip from the 60 Minutes program. Truffles are a type of fungus that grows underground. People use trained dogs to sniff out the mushrooms for harvest. They are a huge delicacy and are a key ingredient in New york's famous $ 150.00 hamburger. The soil quality and wet summers are essential for good truffles. The population density has decreased recently because of climate change.
The Most Expensive Food in the World- 60 Minutes program on truffles


photosynthesis, cellular respiration, abiotic, biotic, producer, autotroph, heterotroph, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, primary consumer, secondary consumer, tertiary consumer, decomposer, nitrogen fixation, biomagnification


Ch 2:Interactions Within Ecosystems

2.1: Groups of Living Things Interact Within Ecosystems ( p 42-51)
Monitoring Wedell Seal populations
Habitat & Niche from a Red Wolf's perspective

2.2: Organisms an Interact in Different Ways ( p 54-61)
Review for 2.2
Symbiosis Animated Song
Symbiosis Rap
Competition, Predation, & Symbiosis

This video demonstrates a symbiotic relationship between a bird and a plant (mutualism) You will need to download this one if it won't let you view it!
Phainopepla Bird & Mistletoe

Parasitism at it "finest"!
Caterpillar & Black Wasps:Body Invaders
Wasps & Aphids
Nest/Brood Parasitism

2.3: Ecosystems are Always Changing ( p 63-69)

Primary vs Secondary Succession
Forest After a Fire
Climax Community
Succession Play
Primary Succession
Primary & Secondary Succession
Succession Song

Population Patterns
Population Distribution
Limiting Factors

In these video segments from Nature, learn about the wild pandas of the Wolong Conservation Center in China. When the bamboo plant, the pandas’ main source of food, began to die off in the 1980s, the center responded by rescuing starving pandas from the wild. Although the center initially intended to release the pandas once they were nursed back to health, the danger from poachers had become a serious problem. The center had also hoped to breed the pandas; but reproduction in captivity did not occur for many years.
Panda population
Conservation efforts for the Giant Panda

Here are some great review videos for this unit! Grab your ear buds and check it out!!!

Good review for Ecology
Ecology Energy Flow Review Video
Ecology Review Video
Population Studies Video

Here is the outline/review questions for ch 2. It does contain information not presented in the book, so a small amount of outside research is required!!! This is an excellent study guide for this chapter, so print and get started! This is one of my favorite areas of Ecology. It deals with animal behavior and interaction at its finest!!!
Ch 2 Outline/review questions

Estimating Populations Lab:

This lab shows us how scientists estimate animal populations and how they use these estimates to see changes in ecosystems. Beans are not as exciting at tagging tigers, but its a lot safer :o)


population, population studies, community, habitat, niche, organism, population, species, cooperation, mutualism. parasitism, symbiosis, competition, commensalism, coexistence, carrying capacity, limiting factor, pioneer species, primary species, primary succession, secondary succession, patterns in time, migration, hibernation, patterns in space, herding, predation, prey, extinct, extant, competition, density-dependent, density-independent, population density

Ch 3:Human Impact on Ecosystems

3.1: Human population growth presents challenges. ( p 78-87)
Population Dynamics Video
3.1/video review questions
3.1/video discussion notes
9 billion?
Overpopulation Opinion

History of Human Population in US

Sprawl vs. Smart Growth

3.2: Human activities affect the environment ( p 89-96)
Human Impact
Water Pollution
Enough Food
World Hunger
Human Rescue-Sean Penn
Polar Bears & Global Warming

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

3.3: People are woking to protect ecosystems ( p 98-105)
Reflect on this video!

Las Vegas Water

Dam Management & Engineering

Green Energy

Current News on Invasive Species in Iowa:
Invasives Alert for Iowa Great Lakes
Electric Fish Barrier???
DNR Meets to Get Solutions

Invasive Species Research:

We are researching an invasive species of your choice to present to the class. You can either work with a partner or by yourself for this project. We will be presenting information on your invasive species using Prezi. We will review prezi's, but remember that you have used that site for Geography. It is very similar to power points, but adds a little sophistication to it! Here are some requirements for your invasive species research:

common name & scientific name for the species (show picture)
what is their life cycle
what is their prey, habitat, and niche
what is the current population trend (increasing, decreasing, reaching carrying capacity, etc)
where did they originate, or where are they normally found (show map)
location where they have "invaded" (show map)
how did they get to the new location (if known)
what kind of problems have they caused
why have they caused problems
what are their natural predators, or why aren't they a problem in other locations
what solutions have been tried to control them
what are your recommendations for controlling them

Sign up for your invasive species in Mrs. Creel's room! Remember, we will start presenting Friday!!