Science/Strand III/Content Standard 5/High School/Benchmark 1
Benchmark Question: What are the common ecological
relationships between and among species and their environments?
Focus Question: What are the abiotic and biotic
factors within a given habitat?
The teacher will plan a
field trip to habitats near the school (parks, school yard, etc.). Students
will work in small groups to conduct a field survey of a local habitat.
They will organize the collected information into two data tables: Biotic
Factors and Abiotic Factors. Information may include types of plants and
animals, density of selected plants and animals, soil profile, soil
organisms, percent ground cover, available light, and height of community.
Each small group will present their data to the class. Each member of the
small group will explain how two factors interact
Note: If you can’t go to a habitat, bring
the habitat to the classroom through pictures, the web, etc.
Extension: Visit more than one habitat and
compare the factors from the different habitats.