1) Introduction to Project Mars Ecosystem Goals
2) Review of Biotic and Abiotic Factors
3) Terrestrial (Forests and Grasslands) Ecosystem Review and Analysis
4) Aquatic (Ocean and Pond) Ecosystem Review and Analysis
5) The composition of Proposal for NASA
Students will understand:
1) Students will identify biotic and abiotic factors of ecosystems.
2) Students will work together to develop characteristics of two terrestrial and two aquatic ecosystems present on Earth.
3) Students will determine the best ecosystem to build on Mars by using examples of ecosystems on Earth.
5-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
MS-LS2-1 Ecosystem: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
MS-LS2-2 Ecosystem: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
MS-LS2-3 Ecosystem: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
South Carolina Standards:
5.L.4A.1 Analyze and interpret data to summarize the abiotic factors (including quantity of light and water, range of temperature, salinity, and soil composition) of different terrestrial ecosystems and aquatic ecosystems.
5.L.4A.2 Obtain and communicate information to describe and compare the biotic factors (including individual organisms, populations, and communities) of different terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.