Essential Standards

  • Students will understand how organisms interact with and respond to the biotic and abiotic components of their environment.

    1. Explain how food, water, shelter, and space affect populations in an ecosystem.
    2. Summarize the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers including the positive and negative consequences of such interactions including:  a.  coexistence and cooperation  b.  competition (predator/prey)  c.  parasitism  d.  mutualism
    3. Explain the flow of energy within food webs and the connections to the cycling of matter (water, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen)