What interactions exist in the environment around us? How do human activities and technologies impact the interactions and the structure of the environment and ecosystems? These questions are answered in the Grade 7 - Unit 1: "Interactions in the Environment" unit. This activity packet includes activities, readings, lesson plans, a unit overview, assessments and rubrics that can be used to address the following Grade 7 Ontario Science expectations:
- Assess the impacts of human activities and technologies on the environment, and evaluate ways of controlling these impacts;
- Investigate interactions within the environment, and identify factors that affect the balance between different components of an ecosystems;
- Demonstrate an understanding of interactions between and among biotic and abiotic elements in the environment;
This packet also addresses the following big ideas:
- Ecosystems are made up of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) elements, which depend on each other to survive;
- Ecosystems are in a constant state of change. The changes may be caused by nature or by human intervention;
- Human activities have the potential to alter the environment. Humans must be aware of these impacts and try to control them.
What LESSONS are included in this packet?
Great question! There are 21 lessons presented in this packet. The following is a quick overview of the lesson topics.
Lesson 1.1: What is an Ecosystem?
Lesson 1.2: Relationships in Ecosystems
Lesson 1.3: Relationships in Ecosystems
Lesson 1.4: Roles in Ecosystems
Lesson 1.5: The Importance of Roles
Lesson 1.6: Food Chains
Lesson 1.7: Exploring Ecosystems (building a model)
Lesson 1.8: Sustainability
Lesson 1.9: Sustainability
Lesson 1.10: Ecological Succession
Lesson 1.11: Supporting Life
Lesson 1.12: Occurrences in Ecosystems
Lesson 1.13: Humans and Ecosystems
Lesson 1.14: Human Impact on Ecosystems
Lesson 1.15: Aboriginal Perspectives
Lesson 1.16: Technology and Ecosystems
Lesson 1.17: Pesticide Use and Ecosystems
Lesson 1.18: Protecting the Environment
Lesson 1.19: Reducing Human Impact
Lesson 1.20: Reviewing for Quiz
Lesson 1.21: Interactions in the Environment Quiz
Each lesson is designed to be completed within a 60 minute period. However, some lessons that have assessments incorporated into them, will take approximately 5 periods. Each lesson plan includes a lesson introduction, core learning activity and lesson consolidation piece. There is also an indicator column on the left hand side that tells the curriculum expectations addressed, success criteria, learning goal and the assessment tool used for the lesson.
What ASSESSMENTS are included?
There are 2 assignments included in this packet that have students demonstrate their understanding of the above curriculum expectations. There are 4 rubrics to assess student understanding of the concepts addressed in this unit. Please note that there are a few answer keys provided in this packet, as many activities involve an open answer and it is up to you to determine whether students have appropriately demonstrated their knowledge. There is also a final quiz along with a general grading scale for the quiz that tells you the recommended marks per question.
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