Comprehensive, yet Concise Notes on Ecosystems
****Excellent 5th Grade Science STAAR Study Guide****
3 pages of Student Friendly notes on Reporting Category 4: Organisms and Environments.
Use these notes with your students to help them recall key concepts and investigations done in your Ecosystem Unit. These notes make excellent study guides!
behaviors (instincts vs acquired/learned)
These are the standards tested and reported under “Category 4: Organisms and Environments” on the Texas 5th Grade Science STAAR Test.
5.9 A observe the way organisms live and survive in their ecosystems by interacting with the living and non-living elements
5.9 B 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
5.10 A 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
5.10 B 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
5.9 C predict the effects of changes in ecosystems caused by living organisms, including humans, such as the overpopulation of grazers or the building of highways
5.9 D identify the significance of the carbon-dioxide-oxygen cycle to the survival of plants and animals
5.10 C describe the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis of insects
3.9 A observe and describe the physical characteristics of environments and how they support populations and communities within an ecosystem
3.10 C investigate and compare how animals and plants undergo a series of orderly changes in their diverse life cycles such as tomato plants, frogs, and lady bugs