The Earth as Home... What is the "environment"? What is it made of, how does it function, why does it change around the planet, and how do humans impact it? In this unit we will unpack: 1) What is the Environment: biotic and abiotic factors, levels in an environment, matter and energy ~ food webs, ecology pyramids, and the cycles of matter. 2) The Influence of Climate & Earth's Biomes. 3) Interactions Among Living Things: population growth, limiting factors, carrying capacity, predation, competition, and symbiosis...and finally what impacts humans have on the Earth.
Essential Questions How do matter and energy link organisms to each other and their environments? Why is sunlight essential to life on Earth? How can change in one part of an ecosystem affect change in other parts of the ecosystem?