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Ecology Basics. Challenge #1 Habitats. T. Trimpe 2008 http://sciencespot.net/. Answer each question. What do we call the place where an organism lives? 2 . What four things does a good habitat provide? 3 . What are two biotic factors in the habitat of a field mouse?

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Ecology basics

Ecology Basics

Challenge #1Habitats

T. Trimpe 2008 http://sciencespot.net/


Ecology basics

Answer each question.

What do we call the place where an organism lives?

2. What four things does a good habitat provide?

3. What are two biotic factors in the habitat of a field mouse?

4. Why do you find different kinds of organisms in different habitats?


Ecology basics

The answers are …

1. What do we call the place where an organism lives?

2. What four things does a good habitat provide?

3. What are two biotic factors in the habitat of a field mouse?

4. Why do you find different kinds of organisms in different habitats?

Habitat

Food, water, shelter, and space

Grass or other plants, insects, snakes, gophers, hawks, owls

Different organisms need different things to survive. Some organisms can survive in a desert, but others cannot.


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Eco Scramble

Challenge #1

Can you unscramble the letters to figure out the ecology terms?

T. Trimpe 2008 http://sciencespot.net/


Ecology basics

Unscramble the letters to figure out each ecology term.

1. I C H E N

2. T B A T I H A

3. P C E S E S I

4. O T B I C A I

5. M O T N U I M C Y


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The answers are …

1. I C H E N

NICHE

2. T B A T I H A

HABITAT

3. P C E S E S I

SPECIES

4. O T B I C A I

ABIOTIC

5. M O T N U I M C Y

COMMUNITY


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#1

Food Web Challenge

T. Trimpe 2008 http://sciencespot.net/

http://www.mos.org/oceans/graphics/life/foodchain.jpg


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Image: http://weedeco.msu.montana.edu/class/LRES443/Lectures/Lecture20/FoodWeb.JPG

Use the food web to answer these questions.

1. What are the producers?

2. Name two organisms that are herbivores.

3. Name one organism that is a carnivore.

4. What would happen to the snake population if the hawk were removed?


Ecology basics

Image: http://weedeco.msu.montana.edu/class/LRES443/Lectures/Lecture20/FoodWeb.JPG

The answers are …

1. What are the producers?

2. Name two organisms that are herbivores.

3. Name one organism that is a carnivore.

4. What would happen to the snake population if the hawk were removed?

Oak Tree & Pine Tree

Pine Borer & Mouse

Salamander, Kinglet, Snake, or Hawk

Since there would be more mice and birds, we would expect the snake population to increase.


Can you identify these invasive species challenge 1

Alien Invaders

Can you identify these invasive species?

Challenge #1

T. Trimpe 2008 http://sciencespot.net/


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How many of these invaders can you identify?

5

1

3

Emerald Ash Borer

Cane Toad

I am found in Florida and Hawaii. I was introduced to deal with sugar cane pests.

I am a borer that infests and kills ash trees in the central US. I am known for my emerald green color.

Gypsy Moth

I was imported for silk production, but damage trees through the eastern US. I like to “hitchhike” on vehicles.

2

6

4

Bighead Carp

Giant African Snail

I am a “bigheaded” fish that eats a lot of plankton and competes with native species.

I am found in Hawaii, but am also imported for pets. I am native to Africa.

Starling

I am not a “darling” as I compete with native birds and destroy crops.

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/animals/main.shtml


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Trash Tales

PBS Wired Science PodcastFlotsam Found

T. Trimpe 2008 http://sciencespot.net/


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Watch the movie and then answer the questions.Video Link: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/wiredscience/rss/media/wirs102_it03_flotsom_480.mp4

1. How many pieces of plastic are floating in the ocean for every square mile of ocean?A. 36,000 B. 46,000 C. 54,000D. 64,000

2. Which of these is not a cause of ocean currents?A. Wind B. Earth’s rotation C. Gravitation of the moon D. Boat traffic

3. What did the oceanographer first use to study ocean currents? A.Buoys B. Ocean Carriers C. Plastic Toys D. Sea Turtles

4. Where is the giant garbage patch?A. Gulf of Mexico B. Atlantic Ocean C. Pacific Ocean D. Artic Ocean


Ecology basics

The answers are …

1. How many pieces of plastic are floating in the ocean for every square mile of ocean?A. 36,000 B. 46,000 C. 54,000D. 64,000

2. Which of these is not a cause of ocean currents?A. Wind B. Earth’s rotation C. Gravitation of the moon D. Boat traffic

3. What did the oceanographer first use to study ocean currents? A.Buoys B. Ocean Carriers C. Plastic Toys D. Sea Turtles

4. Where is the giant garbage patch?A. Gulf of Mexico B. Atlantic Ocean C. Pacific Ocean D. Artic Ocean


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3/21/11

  • Cooking food is usually an ________ reaction. The food absorbs ____ energy from the stove. This ______ acts as a ________, speeding up the chemical reactions that cook our food. The wire from the wall to the stove is a _____ of electricity. As the heat passes from the pot to the food, ______ helps the food cook evenly all the way through.

  • Word Bank:

    • Catalyst

    • Conductor

    • Convection

    • Endothermic

    • Energy

    • Heat


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Lab Time

Science Experiments #2

T. Trimpe 2008 http://sciencespot.net/


Ecology basics

Read the information below and then answer the questions.

SpongeBob loves to grow flowers for his pal Sandy, who loves big, colorful flowers. He found a new brand of seeds coated with a special “booster” fertilizer that said it would produce huge flowers. He planted 5 of the new seeds in one container and 5 of the old brand of seeds in another container. He placed both containers on a sunny windowsill and watered them every day. He measured the diameter of each flower, which is shown in the chart.

  • Which group was the control?

2. What is the independent variable?

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3. What is the dependent variable?

4. What is the average diameter for each group?

5. Which seeds are the best for big flowers?


Ecology basics

Read the information below and then answer the questions.

SpongeBob loves to grow flowers for his pal Sandy, who loves big, colorful flowers. He found a new brand of seeds coated with a special “booster” fertilizer that said it would produce huge flowers. He planted 5 of the new seeds in one container and 5 of the old brand of seeds in another container. He placed both containers on a sunny windowsill and watered them every day. He measured the diameter of each flower, which is shown in the chart.

The seeds without the booster fertilizer

  • Which group was the control?

Booster fertilizer on the new seeds

2. What is the independent variable?

3. What is the dependent variable?

Size or diameter of the flower

Old = 10 cm, New = 12 cm

4. What is the average diameter for each group?

5. Which seeds are the best for big flowers?

New seeds w/ the booster


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3/23/11

  • Which of the following would be affected first if the solar radiation were stopped?

    • The flight of the birds

    • The ability of the wood to burn

    • The chemical reaction that makes ash

    • The growth of trees


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3/24/11

  • What have you heard about energy in the media lately?

  • How do you think our use of energy affects the world?

  • http://www1.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=163815&title=Nuclear_Energy&vpkey=

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12724922


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3/25/11

  • Amelia designed a special cup to keep drinks cold even on hot days. The cup has a layer of gel between layers of plastic. Why is Amelia’s cup better able to keep drinks colder than a regular glass cup?

  • When does the ball have the most potential energy?


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