Ecosystems Cause and Effect

Ecosystems Cause and Effect
Ecosystems Cause and Effect
Ecosystems Cause and Effect
Ecosystems Cause and Effect
Ecosystems Cause and Effect
Ecosystems Cause and Effect
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The Next Generation Science Standards ask students to identify and explain cause and effect relationships. This activity asks students to explain the causes and effects of different changes in an ecosystem.

This activity works great as a group activity, a homework assignment, or as an assessment. The activity assumes that students have already learned about the causes and effects of change in an ecosystem and asks them to apply their knowledge to new examples.

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Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. Emphasis is on recognizing patterns in data and making warranted inferences about changes in populations, and on evaluating empirical evidence supporting arguments about changes to ecosystems.
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. Emphasis is on predicting consistent patterns of interactions in different ecosystems in terms of the relationships among and between organisms and abiotic components of ecosystems. Examples of types of interactions could include competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial.
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4 pages
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45 minutes
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