|INTERACTIONS WITHIN THE ENVIRONMENT
Describe the characteristics of a local environment. e.g. temperature, amount of light
||BrainPOP Movie at National Geographic - Ecosystems
Identify the factors that affect the survival of an organism.
physical characteristics of the environment
availability of food
types of other organisms present
||Harcourt G4 - How nonliving (abiotic) factors affect the environment
Discuss the effect on organisms when the environment becomes unfavourable.
e.g. organisms adapt and survive; move to other places or die
||A changing environment
Harcourt G4 - Animal Migration
Trace the energy pathway from the Sun through living things and identify the roles of various organisms (producers,
consumers, decomposers; predators, preys) in a FOOD CHAIN and a food web.
||Houghton Mifflin G4 - Food Web
Differentiate among the terms organism, population and community.
An organism is a living thing.
A population is defined as a group of plants and animals of the same kind, living and reproducing at a given place
A community consists of many populations living together in a particular place.
|Ecosystem - All the living organisms that live in an area and the non-living features of their environment
Habitat - Place where an organism lives and that provides food, shelter, moisture and temperature needed for its survival
Show an understanding that different habitats support different communities. e.g. garden, field, pond, seashore, tree
DECIDUOUS FOREST |
CONIFEROUS FOREST |
|GSK - Habitats Game (with worksheets)
PBS - What are ecosystems?
Harcourt G3 - Pond Ecosystem (Movies)
Houghton Mifflin G4 - A Rotting Log Ecosystem
Recognise that ADAPTATIONS serve to enhance survival and can be structural or behavioural.
cope with physical factors
reproduce by finding and attracting mates or dispersing seeds
||(Adapt to) cope with physical factors (BBC GCSE)
Cold climates (polar bear) |
Hot climates (camel)
(Adapt to) obtain food & escape predators
Camouflage (Harcourt G1)
Beaks & Teeth (Harcourt G2)
Predators & Prey (BBC GCSE)
How PLANTS Live in Different Places (Lesson Plan)
Why mammals can adapt to different habitats? (BBC)
Harcourt G5 - How ANIMALS (adapt to) meet their needs