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Science and Global Issues: Biology, Second Edition

SGI Biology, Second Edition Ecology Unit

SGI Biology, Second Edition Ecology Unit

29-45 (6-9 weeks)

Our world holds an amazing variety of organisms living in all sorts of environments. Organisms affect their environments, and in turn the environment affects them. Understanding the complex web of relationships within ecosystems is essential to understanding their sustainability. Humans interact with ecosystems in many ways. We rely on ecosystems to supply us food, shelter, energy, and the oxygen we breathe. As we consume resources and discard our wastes, we change ecosystems and sometimes threaten their sustainability. In this unit you will examine a variety of ecological issues including the impact of human activities on ecosystems. You will see what can happen when people cause pollution in an area vital to nonhuman and human organisms. You will learn about invasive species and their impacts on established ecosystems. You will also investigate how different management strategies affect the sustainability of fisheries. Finally, you will suggest actions humans can take to help sustain ecosystems for the future.

Content in SGI Biology, Second Edition Ecology Unit is organized into activities, as follows:

Activity Title Activity Overview
1. Ecosystems and Change How does change affect ecosystems?
2. A Population of Duckweed How quickly can a population grow? How does the size of a population change through time?
3. Biomes How do the characteristics of a biome determine the types of organisms found there?
4. Invasive Species How do certain characteristics increase the likelihood that a nonnative species becomes an invasive species?
5. The Tragedy of the Commons How can the overuse of an ecosystem service be prevented?
6. Producers and Consumers How do plankton populations affect the sustainability of a fishery?
7. Energy Flow through an Ecosystem How can we use food webs to predict the short- and long-term effects of particular events on an ecosystem?
8. Cycles of Matter How does human activity affect the movement of carbon through the carbon cycle?
9. The Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Shuffle How do carbon and oxygen cycle through the environment?
10. Respiring Beans How do various factors affect the rate of cellular respiration?
11. Respiration and Photosynthesis in Plants How does changing one variable affect photosynthesis and cellular respiration in plants?
12. Too Much Life How does the rate of cellular respiration affect the oxygen levels available in an aquatic ecosystem?
13. Symbiotic Relationships How do organisms gain or lose from their interactions with each other?
14. Investigating Population Growth Rates How do changing variables alter population growth rates and ecosystem carrying capacities?
15. Changes Due to Population Growth How can the environmental harm from salmon farming be minimized?
16. Ecosystems Out of Balance How does information about relationships among organisms help to determine the sustainability of a species and an ecosystem?
17. Ecosystem Change and Resiliency What determines if an ecosystem can recover from a major event?
18. Fishery Case Studies How can case studies guide what should be done with the Avril Gulf tuna fishery?
19. Making Sustainable Fishery Decisions Which fishery management strategy is the best choice for the sustainability of the Avril Gulf tuna fishery?

SGI Biology, Second Edition Ecology Unit

Student Book

The student book uses a variety of approaches to make science accessible for all students. Each activity in the student book is designed to support concept and skill development. The various types of activities include: Laboratories, Investigations, Modeling, Readings, Talk It Over, and Projects. Through inquiry-based, hands-on experiences students connect basic biological concepts with relevant, real-world sustainability issues. Woven throughout the student book are integrated literacy strategies that help students process new science content, develop their analytical skills, make connections, and express their knowledge orally and in writing.

The embedded assessment system helps teachers identify students’ strengths and weaknesses throughout the course. This provides valuable information about when lessons might need to be adjusted so that all students get the best chance to build their knowledge and appreciation of science. The student book is richly illustrated with relevant photographs and diagrams. A comprehensive appendix provides additional student resources.

SGI Biology, Second Edition Ecology Unit

The LAB-AIDS Science Lab Notebook

The use of a science journal or notebook is strongly recommended for all science classes. A journal not only models the way scientists work but it helps to develop and reinforce students’ science learning and literacy skills.

The LAB-AIDS Science Lab Notebook was designed with “Best Practices” in mind. Each of the 160 LABLOG pages, has a 2-column design with GraphAnywhere, which allows data tables and graphs to be drawn in a fraction of the usual time, and plenty of room to record data, notes, and responses to questions. It is also three-hole punched to allow students to store the entire notebook, or individual completed pages, in their binder.

Complete Materials Package

The course specific materials packages provide a vast array of unique and signature items designed specifically for the program. Course Essential packages are available which allows you to buy only the unique items designed for the course. You could also purchase materials by unit if you are teaching only section of the program, or you can purchase items individually for those teachers that have well–equipped lab facilities. Our goal is to provide the necessary material without duplicating what you already have in your classroom, thus maximizing your budget.

SGI Biology, Second Edition Ecology Unit

Teacher Edition

The SEPUP wraparound teacher’s edition provides detailed information to support teachers in conducting each activity in the student book and explains how scientific concepts are developed within the big picture of the units and the course. The information provided includes practical tips such as equipment set-up and how to conduct the activities, as well as suggestions on how to enhance students’ learning experiences and how to tailor the activities to individual students and classrooms.

Additional support for all of the embedded assessments, literacy strategies, and other information can be found on the accompanying Teacher Resources DVD. Together the Teacher’s Edition and Teacher Resources DVD provide comprehensive support for differentiated instruction, valuable background information on scientific content and teaching strategies, lists of objectives, answers to student analysis questions, and student exemplars that address the assessment scoring guides. The DVD also includes unit overviews, and all transparencies, student sheets and blackline masters.

SGI Biology, Second Edition Ecology Unit

Student and Teacher Portals

Individual, classroom or district licenses can be purchased for access to our student books on-line. It features editable Word documents for each set of Activity Assessment Questions which allows students to e-mail their finished work back to the teacher. Microsoft Word Tools provide strong support for diverse learners. The Spelling and Grammar Checker uses red and green underline squiggles representing spelling (red) and grammar (green) errors alerting students to potential errors. The thesaurus helps to refine writing as well as expose students to new vocabulary words. Students with poor spelling skills often have difficulty using a dictionary. This feature provides an instant definition for a highlighted word, eliminating the task of dictionary lookup. Students can also use the Thesaurus to find the synonyms of words. All pages were created using Adobe Acrobat Reader. A great feature of the Adobe program is “The Read Aloud Function”. The program audibly reads the text, allowing the student to follow the reading on the page. You can speed up or slow down the program based on the student’s ability. This helps all students increase their vocabulary.

SGI Biology, Second Edition Ecology Unit

ExamView® Test Generating Software

• Test Generator Educators can create assessments, quizzes, study guides, and worksheets using multiple question formats, pictures, tables, graphs, charts, and other multimedia elements. Works exclusively with eInstruction’s CPS™ student response systems for real‐time results.

• Test Manager Educators collect results and generate comprehension reports in minutes. Test Manager also manages class rosters and automatically collects performance data from the school network to analyze student results and identify areas of concern.

• Test Player Gives students the ability to take tests and view study guides over the school network. ExamView® adds even more benefits to your content. • QuickTest Wizard New tests can be created in a matter of minutes with easy step‐by‐step navigation. Simply select the question banks and the number of questions and ExamView® does the rest.

• Style Gallery ExamView® tests can be easily formatted to match state or national standardized tests. Simply choose a layout based on predefined formats (e.g., TAKS, FCAT, GED, GMAT, NCLEX, etc.) and print a comprehensive answer sheet.

• Multiple Question Formats ExamView® supports 14 question formats. An ExamView® question can contain pictures, graphs, charts, tables, and other multimedia elements. You can create dynamic questions (algorithms) for any subject area which allow infinite customization of a question using mathematical definitions.

• Teacher Resource Planner. This planner CD serves as a powerful, click-through resource to help teachers plan A Natural Approach to Chemistry lessons – one lesson at a time. All of the course tools for each Chapter are available on this CD – with smart, user-friendly navigation. It’s all there --Chapter by Chapter from Scope & Sequence to the Student Book, Lab Manual, Teachers Guide pages – along with the Skill Sheets, Power Points, and Exam View.

SGI Biology, Second Edition Ecology Unit Item # Price Quantity
Lab-Aids© Science Lab Notebook
(bulk pricing up to 48% off)
SLN-1 $8.95
Storage Cart w/7 Positions CART-W07 $305.00