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AGRICULTURAL ECOSYSTEMS - Exploring Ecosystem Interactions - Lesson 1

OVERVIEW: Interactions between living and non-living things in ecosystems support the survival of living things. In this lesson, students will identify living and non-living things in various ecosystems, explore interactions that occur in natural and managed ecosystems, and identify patterns of interactions that exist across ecosystem types.


AGRICULTURAL ECOSYSTEMS - Exploring Ecosystem Interactions - Lesson 1

AGRICULTURAL ECOSYSTEMS - Part I: Stability and Change in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems

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Contents address the following Next Generation Science Standards:

Part I: Stability and Change in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems:

MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.

Part II: Engineering Sustainable Agricultural Ecosystems:

MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services (water purification, nutrient recycling, prevention of soil erosion, etc.).

MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.