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Environmental Science Version: CPS05-06

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Unit Name: Environmental Science Unit 1: DYNAMICS WITHIN THE BIOSPHERE

Essential Question

How is life arranged on earth? How are chemicals recycled? Why canā€™t energy be recycled? How are systems on land similar to or different than systems in water? How do energy and matter flows affect one another?

Topic 1

Organization & Interconnectedness

  • Biological Hierarchy
  • Biotic and Abiotic Dynamics
  • Abiotic Affect on the Biosphere
  • Topic 1 Vocabulary

    • biological hierarchy
    • abiotic &
    • biotic
    • biosphere

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    Topic 2

    Cycles of Matter & Flow of Energy

  • Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Energy Flow and Changes
  • Relation to Human Society
  • Topic 2 Vocabulary

    • hydrological cycle
    • nitrogen cycles
    • phosphorus cycle
    • oxygen cycle
    • carbon cycle
    • entropy

    Topic 2 Standards and Elements


    Topic 3

    Terrestrial (Biomes), Freshwater, & Marine Systems

  • Abiotic Factors
  • Biotic Factors
  • Flow of Energy & Matter
  • Abiotic Factors
  • Biotic Factors
  • Flow of Energy & Matter
  • Topic 3 Vocabulary

    • biomes
    • ecosystems
    • food chains & webs
    • substrate
    • tropic levels
    • precipitation
    • temperature
    • soils
    • adaptations
    • dissolved oxygen
    • transmission of light
    • dissolved phosphorus
    • pH
    • dissolved nitrogen

    Topic 3 Standards and Elements


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