the student will be able to observe the way organisms live and survive in their ecosystem by interacting with the living and non-living elements
: describe how the flow of energy derived from the Sun, used by producers to create their own food, is transferred through a food chain and food web to consumers and decomposers;
: predict the effects of changes in ecosystems caused by living organisms, including humans, such as the overpopulation of grazers or the building of highways; and
: identify the significance of the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle to the survival of plants and animals.
compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive such as hooves on prairie animals or webbed feet in aquatic animals;
: differentiate between inherited traits of plants and animals such as spines on a cactus or shape of a beak and learned behaviors such as an animal learning tricks or a child riding a bicycle; and
: describe the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis of insects.