In this unit on ecology, students will learn the fundamentals of ecology while improving their SEL skills such as demonstrating decision making skills, ethical responsibility, perspective-taking, respect for others, and other social-emotional skills. Students will learn how to connect ecology content to their personal lives. They will begin the unit by completing a self-assessment on the vocabulary and then make a SMART goal to achieve their vocabulary goal. Students will also get the opportunity to learn the characteristics of life and then learn more about their characteristics. Students will get to talk about abiotic vs. biotic factors as well as personal feelings. At the end of the unit, students will learn about the symbiotic relationship among living organisms as well as take a minute to reflect on their vocabulary SMART goal.
Ecology Unit SEL
The great diversity of organisms and ecological niches they occupy result from more than 3.5 billion years of evolution. Some ecosystems can be reasonably persistent over hundreds or thousands of years. Like many complex systems, ecosystems tend to have cyclic fluctuations around a state of rough equilibrium. In the long run, however, ecosystems always change as geological or biological conditions vary. Misconceptions about population growth capacity, interspecies and intra-species competition for resources, and what occurs when a species immigrates to or emigrates from ecosystems are included in this topic. Technology must be used to access real-time/authentic data to study population changes and growth in specific locations.