Population Ecology Unit Summary
Brief Overview of Enhancements: When enhancement occurs in the Unit: Part 2 of Investigation 5 (Finding the Energy); "Food-Producer Experiment; follows "Energy in Food" subunit. (In Part 1, students learn that the only way organisms get energy is from food). After the Food-Producer Experiment and CER, students review the process of photosynthesis.

Lesson #
Lesson Name
WA Science
Standard(s)
Modification/Notes
Duration
(55min)
1
Milkweed Bugs
INQC
Optional
3
2
Sorting Out Life
LS2A
No changes
(Planet Earth videos may be substituted for Among the Chimpanzees)
3
3
Miniecosystems
LS2A
Optional
1
4
Mono Lake
LS2B, PS3A
(energy)
No changes
4-5
5
Finding the Energy
PS3A (energy),
LS2C, LS2B
Part 1: Energy in Food (optional)

Part 2 replaced with Finding the Energy Enhancement
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Part 3: No changes

Part 4 replaced with Trophic Levels Enhancement
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8
6
Population Size
LS2D
No changes
4-5
7
Ecoscenarios
LS2E
Optional Extension
5-10
8
Adaptations
LS3E, LS3F
No changes
6-7
9
Genetic Variation
LS3B, LS3C, LS3D
No changes
10
10
Natural Selection
LS3A
No changes
7
-
Evidence for Evolution
LS3A, LS3F
No changes
1