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Science: Grade 7 Version: CPS06-07

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Unit Name: Unit 01: Interdependence of Life

Essential Question

  • How do you fit into the larger world?
  • How do changes in climate affect living things in their environment?
  • How are organisms and their environment linked together?

    Enduring Understanding

  • The survival of organisms in a biome is affected by living and nonliving factors.
  • Terrestrial biomes and aquatic communities have similar, yet unique characteristics.
  • Organisms are interdependent on their environment and each other.
  • Topic 1

    Environmental Conditions

  • Predict and demonstrate an understanding of how changes in environmental conditions (either from human impact and/or from natural cycles) can affect survival from the organism level to the community level.
  • Analyze the impact of changes to any one biotic or abiotic factor within an ecosystem on all other components within that ecosystem.
  • Topic 1 Vocabulary

    • abiotic
    • biotic
    • extinction
    • adaptations
    • habitat
    • organism
    • population
    • community
    • ecosystem

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    Topic 2

    Characteristics of Biomes

  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of Earth's major terrestrial and aquatic biomes.
  • Analyze how the world's major biomes influence interactions among organisms within the biomes.
  • Topic 2 Vocabulary

    • tropical rain forest
    • taiga
    • deciduous forest
    • savannah
    • temperate grassland
    • tundra
    • desert
    • lakes
    • rivers
    • oceans
    • estuaries

    Topic 2 Standards and Elements


    Topic 3

    Interdependence of Organisms:

  • Analyze the differences between each type of relationship
  • Classify the relationships between organisms that are competitive or mutually beneficial, such as: predator/prey, competition and commensalisms.
  • Topic 3 Vocabulary

    • symbiosis
    • commensalism
    • parasitism
    • mutualism
    • predator
    • prey

    Topic 3 Standards and Elements


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