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Complete either the text book reading and review questions or do the Food chains Gizmos.


OPTION A :  Log on to http://www.explorelearning.com and complete the Food Chain Gizmos:  (You will need the course code provided in class to access it.) Pick up a worksheet in class or download the worksheet attached to the Gizmo and follow it as your guide.


OPTION B Compete the following out of the Text Book.

Chapter Title

Page References


Read Food Webs and Food Pyramids

p 42-47

Q 1-8 



Text References:


Chapter Title

Page References


Poisons and the Food Chain

"DDT in a Food Chain"

Investigation 1-C p 30-31

* In Science Power 10

Q 1-8,11 p 32



Case Study 1:  The Ripple effect:  Canadian Geographic Article. 


Ripple effect questions.pdf  


Option C  Population Ecology 

West Nile Virus  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBOsqmBQBQk

1.  What is studies in population ecology? 

2.  What do the following terms mean?  density, dispersion, fecundity,

3.  What are the limiting factors of a population?  Give examples pertaining to the mosquito.

4.  What is the difference between density dependent and density independent factors?

5.   What is a predator of the mosquito?


Great Lakes Clean up at a critical turning point:   http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/blog/photos/Dec90-Jan91.pdf 


Human Impact on the Environment:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eTCZ9L834s

Pollution:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdDSRRCKMiI



Movie Study:  Being Caribou:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsJ3w7hUfLs

Worksheet:  Being Caribou.wpd  


Remind students that we studies the sustainability of the oil industry in the context of the tar sands.

I want students to work with the concept of sustainability of the oil industry in the artic. Have students answer the following questions.


How does oil development in the Arctic affect people?

How does oil development in the Arctic affect the economy?

How does oil development in the Arctic affect the environment?

Is developing oil resources in the Arctic sustainable? (write a paragraph providing support for your opinion)



Environment Canada Stream Flow Data



Predators: Crash Course  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFDiiSqGB7M

1. Give examples of several examples of adaptions that predators possess.

2.  What strategy does the hair worm parasite use for survival?

3. What does he mean by the evolutionary arms race?

4.  What is involved in the strategy of mimicry?


Extra:  Community Ecology:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxE1SSqbSn4


Population Notes:  Populations.pdf


In Class Activity:  Field Study:  Ausable River Study  

     Day 1: Identifying and measuring the biotic and abiotic characteristics of ecosystems.

     Day 2: Students will analyzing the relationship between biotic and abiotic factors in the Ausable river.  They will also research the impacts associated with human activity on these factors. 

     Day 3&4:  Analysis  Auable river study 2015.rtf


Report Rubric


Level 4

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1


Analysis of questions about abiotic and biotic characteristics of the stream






Further Research demonstrated

References provided in APA format






Connections made to observation of stream conditions.







N/A Spring 2016

Steps to accessing water flow data.

Water Survey of Canada  at:  

Click on Archived Hydrometic Data Online  (on right side of the page)

Type in Exeter for the Station Name and click search

Select Ausable River Near Exeter (checkmark in box on the left)  and click View Report

A graph will com up for the stream flow data for 2014.


Success Criteria:   Students should be able to.....


1-  Definition and apply the following of Ecology Terms:  abiotic and biotic components of ecosystems, 

2-  Investigate the abiotic and abiotic of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems

3-  Analyze human positive and negative impacts related to these components







Lesson 5.  Ecological Sustainability   




Minds on:  Nearpod  What is sustainability


Resource for Defining Sustainability http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5NiTN0chj0

Guiding Questions:

a) Define sustainability.

b) What are the 3 basic things we are dependent on ecosystems for?

c)  What are the 4 care instructions given for taking care of the earth.


In Class Activity:  Modelling Sustainability

Modelling Sustainability Analysis.pdf


Slide Show used in class:  sustainability 2014.pdf


Video: Environmental Sustainability  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnYHFRq7-5s



Success Criteria:   Students should be able to.....


1- Definition and apply the following of Ecology Terms:  ecosystem, ecological sustainability,   biodiversity, renewable resource, non renewable resource

2- Describe what sustainable and non-sustainable resource use looks like.  Give examples.  

3.  Describe the principle of dynamic equilibrium

4 - Construct and analyze line graphs,



Class Preparation:  Read the following article before class:

 The Ripple Effect: grey-wolf-the-ripple-effect.pdf

Ripple effect questions.pdf




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