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Ecology Lesson Plan

Ecology is an integrated science.  In other words, ecology (from Greek: οίκος, oikos, "household"; and λόγος, logos, "knowledge") is the scientific study of the distribution and abundance of living organisms and the interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment. The environment of an organism includes both physical properties, which can be described as the sum of local abiotic factors such as insolation (sunlight), climate, and geology, and biotic factors, which are other organisms that share its habitat.

 

Note:  abiotic components are non-living chemical and physical factors in the environment. These may be classified as light, temperature, water, atmospheric gases, and wind as well as soil, animals, and human beings (edaphic) and physiographic (nature of land surface) factors. The six major abiotic factors are water, sunlight, oxygen, temperature, soil and climate.

The word "ecology" is often used more loosely in such terms as social ecology and deep ecology and in common parlance as a synonym for the natural environment or environmentalism. Likewise "ecologic" or "ecological" is often taken in the sense of environmentally friendly

Course Objectives:

  1. Students will gain valuable and accurate information about how ecology issues impacting planet earth.  
  2. Students will understand the role that ecology play in our lives.
  3. Students will develop scientific reasoning and process skills.
  4. Students will work in teams and independently and be able to evaluate his/her progress.
  5. To help prepare students for the demands of higher education.

 Outcomes:  Students will…

  1. develop proper laboratory skills.
  2. trace the development of planet earth and it’s impact on it’s environmental wellness.
  3. develop writing skills to show comprehension of learned materials.
  4. develop critical thinking processes and make value judgments regarding ecology and environmental issues