MS Module 8 : Population Ecology
Lesson 1 : Biodiversity in the Ocean
Standard(s): SC.912.L.17.8, LA.910.2.2.3
Objective(s): (1) Discuss the importance of biodiversity and provide examples of diverse organisms in the ocean. (2) Explain how the structures of marine organisms support their functions.
Essential Question: How does the loss of biodiversity affect marine ecosystems?
Vocabulary: biodiversity, ecological diversity, species diversity, genetic diversity, plankton, nekton
Assignment(s): Cornell Notes 8-1; Biodiversity in the Ocean Asmt (Intro, GP & IP), Bull Kelp Example, Geography Cone Example
Lesson 2 : Biological Classification
Standard(s): SC.912.N.1.2, SC.912.N.1.5, SC.912.15.4, SC.912.15.6
Objective(s): (1) Describe the system of classification used by biologists; (2) Classify organisms based on their characteristics; (3) Analyze the similarities and differences between major groups of organisms; (4) Explain how the structures of marine organisms support their functions
Essential Question: How are marine organisms classified according to their similarities and differences?
Vocabulary: taxonomy, hierarchy, binomial nomenclature, domains, invertebrates, fertilized, microbes, chemosynthesis, halophiles, methanophiles, thermophiles, common ancestor
Assignment(s): Biological Classification Asmt & Notes (Entire Lesson)
Lesson 3 : Marine Populations
Standard(s): MA.912.S.3.2, SC.912.L.14.6, SC.912.L.17.1, SC.912.L.17.11, SC.912.N.4.1, SC.912.N.4.2
Objective(s): (1) Explain the concepts of carrying capacity; (2) Identify the factors that increase or decrease population sizes and analyze changes in animal populations.
Essential Question: What factors influence marine populations?
Vocabulary: population, population dynamics, exponential growth, logistic growth, limiting factor, carrying capacity, migration, immigration, emigration, birthrate, death rate, population density, population distribution, uniform distribution, random distribution, clumped distribution
Assignment(s): Cornell Notes 8-3; Marine Populations Asmt (Intro, GP & IP)
Lesson 4 : Changing Populations
Standard(s): SC.912.L.15.13, SC.912.N.1.6, SC.912.N.3.1, MA.912.S.3.2
Objective(s): (1) Explain how the process of natural selection influences the evolution of species; (2) Determine how invasive species can result in biodiversity loss; (3) Give examples of adaptations in diverse marine ecosystems.
Essential Question: How does natural selection drive the ever changing marine populations?
Vocabulary: evolution, antibiotic resistance, natural selection, Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, fossil record, transitional species, extinct species, homologous structures, mutations, overproduction, competition, variation, adaptation, behavioral adaptation, structural adaptation, fitness, speciation
Assignment(s): Cornell Notes 8-4; Changing Populations Asmt (Intro, GPx2, & IP); Sea Beans Activity, Sea Beans Data Sheet