Water birds such as anhingas, along with a variety of other plants and animals, rely on the presence of wetlands for their survival.  How might the loss of wetland areas affect these aquatic species? Learning about organisms and how they interact with one another, with other species, and with their environment is what the study of ecology is all about.  (McDougal and Littell) Chapter 13

The ways in which a zebra interacts with its environment and other organisms are only a small part of the ecology of the African plains.  To understand what individuals, populations, and communities need to survive, ecologists study the interactions among species and between species and their environment.  Why does a zebra fit so well into the African savannah?  (McDougal and Littell)  Chapter 14

Humans depend upon Earth’s nutrient and energy cycles.  We harness Earth’s energy to power our televisions, radios, streetlights, automobiles, airplanes – and everything else in our homes and cities.  Your cotton T-shirt and this paper page came from plants that depend on Earth’s nutrient (cycles.  The water you drink comes from water sources replenished by the hydrologic cycle.  We do not just use Earth’s cycles, we are a part of Earth’s cycles.  Everything we eat, drink, and use comes from Earth.  But the overuse of resources and the production of waste can cause disruptions in the energy and nutrient cycles on Earth.  (McDougal Littell)  Chapter 16
NGSS: LS 2.1, LS 2.2, LS 2.4, LS 2.6, LS 2.7, LS 2.8, LS 4.5, LS 4.6, ES 3.5,  ES 3.6

website resources
Lectures and Notes:

Biology Syllabus
Syllabus and Behavior Contract
Student Notes: Unit 6 (Chapter 13)
PowerPoint Lecture: Unit 6  (Chapter 13)
Quizlet: Chapter 13 Defining Terms 
Student Notes: Unit 6 (Chapter 14)
PowerPoint Lecture: Unit 6 (Chapter 14) 
Quizlet: Chapter 14 Defining Terms

PowerPoint Lecture: Unit 6 (Chapter 15)
Student Notes: Unit 6 (Chapter 16)   
PowerPoint Lecture: Unit 6  (Chapter 16)
Quizlet:  Chapter 16 Defining Terms


Chapter 13 Defining Terms
Chapter 13 Concept Review
Student Worksheet for Strange Days on Planet Earth Volume Chapter 13 Test Review
Worksheet: Chapter 14 Defining Terms
Worksheet: Chapter 14 Concept Review

Chapter 16 Defining Terms

Chapter 16 Concept Review

Labs and Classroom Activities:

Lab: Penny Battery
Lab: Population Biology (online)
Lab: Modeling Ecosystems (online)
Food Chains and Food Webs
Biogeochemical Cycles Population Ecology Graphs
Lab: Invasive Species Poster & Gallery Walk
Lab: Predation and Starvation

Textbook Resources:

Textbook Online Resourcesbiolog3[1]
Chapter 16 Review Game
Textbook Animated Biology


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Seinfeld: The Scientific Method
TedEd: Dead stuff: The secret ingredient in our food chain 
TedEd: Why is biodiversity so important?
TedEd: How parasites change their host’s behavior 
TedEd: Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future
TedEd: Climate change: Earth’s giant game of Tetris
TedEd: Can wildlife adapt to climate change?
Amoeba Sisters: Ecological Succession: Nature’s Great Grit   
NPR: The Hopeful Story of a Doomed Fox

Seinfeld: The Scientific Method

Amoeba Sisters: Ecological Succession: Nature’s Great Grit   
The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary
How Wolves Change Rivers

How Whales Change Climate
Tackling Bycatch in U.S. Fisheries
7 Super Toxic U.S. Sites
NOAA: Endangered Species Act

Home Movies:  Historic Dana Point/SJ Mission/Newport (1933)
Home Movies: Catalina Island early 30’s