SCIENCE: Ecology Unit
Oh Deer! Populations and Limitations Quiz, Monday, May 13
Quiz Study Guide (begun in class) Due Monday, May 13
Ecology Concepts and Vocabulary 2013
In this Ecology Unit, students will develop an understanding of ecosystems and how different populations of organisms interact. The goal of our study is to help students to develop an appreciation and respect for our natural world and to understand that a variety of factors, including human activities, have an impact on the ecosystem we all live in.
Vocabulary –Living Things and the Environment
Organism - a living thing.
Habitat - An environment that provides all the things an organism needs to live, grow, and reproduce. A place where several groups of different species interact.
Biotic Factor - A living part of an organism’s habitat. For example, grass is a biotic factor for a rabbit because it is a living thing the organism interacts with by eating it.
Abiotic Factor - A nonliving part of an organism’s habitat. For example, water is an abiotic factor because it is a nonliving part of a habitat that is necessary for survival.
Photosynthesis - The process in which plants use water along with carbon dioxide and sunlight to make their own food.
Species – A group of organisms that are physically similar and can produce offspring.
Population - All the members of one species in a particular area. For example, all the bluebirds living around Bicentennial Pond make up a population.
Community - All the different populations that live in a particular area. For example, the bluebirds, beavers, squirrels and turtles around Bicentennial Pond make up a community.
Ecosystem - All the organisms and the nonliving parts of their environment in a particular area.
Ecology - the study of how living things interact with each other and their environment.
Vocabulary – Studying Populations
Limiting Factor - An environmental factor that causes a population to decrease or remain the same. For example, if there is not enough food, then a population of deer will be reduced. Lack of food, water, or shelter would be a limiting factor.
Population Density – The number of individuals in a specific area.
Carrying Capacity – The largest population that an area can support.
!! Study Countries and Capitals of South Asia (India) at least 5 minutes a day!
Go to http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm to practice.
Comparing Religions Essay Due Wednesday, May 8.
Using your notes and the articles in your folder, write a well-developed paragraph, with specific examples explaining how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are similar.