In Unit 8 Forests, students explore forest ecosystems, studying the interactions between living things and the environment and how resource availability affects the growth of different organisms.
- Students design and carry out an experiment to test how different light conditions affect the rate of photosynthesis in aquatic plants.
- Students develop models to analyze the impact of drought on temperate deciduous forest food webs in Massachusetts.
- Students examine tree ring cross-sections and analyze growth and precipitation data in West Virginia to observe how environmental factors can affect the growth of trees.
Focus Standards: MS-LS1-2, MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5
Supporting Standards: MS-LS1-6, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-3, MS-LS2-4
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