Grade 6 : Standard 2 - Interdependence
Conceptual Strand 2
All life is interdependent and interacts with the environment.
Guiding Question 2
How do living things interact with one another and with the non-living elements of their environment?
Grade Level Expectations
Checks for Understanding
State Performance Indicators
GLE 0607.2.1 Examine the roles of consumers, producers, and decomposers in a biological community.
GLE 0607.2.2 Describe how matter and energy are transferred through an ecosystem.
GLE 0607.2.3 Draw conclusions from data about interactions between the biotic and abiotic elements of a particular environment.
GLE 0607.2.4 Analyze the environments and the interdependence among organisms found in the world’s major biomes.
0607.2.1 Compare and contrast the different methods used by organisms to obtain nutrition in a biological community.
0607.2.2 Create a graphic organizer that illustrates how biotic and abiotic elements of an environment interact.
0607.2.3 Use a food web or energy pyramid to demonstrate the interdependence of organisms within a specific biome.
0607.2.4 Create poster presentations to illustrate differences among the world’s major biomes.
SPI 0607.2.1 Classify organisms as producers, consumers, scavengers, or decomposers according to their role in a food chain or food web.
SPI 0607.2.2 Interpret how materials and energy are transferred through an ecosystem.
SPI 0607.2.3 Identify the biotic and abiotic elements of the major biomes.
SPI 0607.2.4 Identify the environmental conditions and interdependencies among organisms found in the major biomes.
Lesson Plans with Old Standards
Links for Biomes
Interdependence of Plants and Animals
Ecosystem - all the living and nonliving things that can be found in a particular area
Wetlands, Swamps and Oceans
Make origami paper crane - video showing how to fold paper crane http://www.planetpals.com/IKC/peacecrane.html
Animals I Spy http://www.mbayaq.org/lc/activities.asp
Enchanted Learning Website - Ocean Animals Label Me! Printout. (Fill in the blanks to label animals)
Read and complete biome booklets found at Enchanted Learning http://members.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/
Forest Biomes (Rainforest, Deciduous, and Boreal)
Read and complete biome booklets found at Enchanted Learning (Forest Animals) http://members.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/
Read and complete biome booklets found at Enchanted Learning (Rainforest Animals) http://members.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/
Polar, Tundra, and Desert
Animals of the Artic Tundra http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/images/Arctic_Tundra/arctic_repro.pdf
Read and complete biome booklets found at Enchanted Learning (Desert Animals) http://members.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/
Interdependence of Plants and Animals
Students make a flow chart illustrating that plant give off oxygen which animals breath, and animals give off carbon dioxide which plants need. http://www.teachtheteachers.org/projects/MBergey/photo_worksheet.html
Relationships Among Organisms
Discuss each relationship
Print photos using links below. Students sort photos according to relationships.
commensalism - relationship between two living organisms where one benefits and the other is neither harmed nor helped
using a second organism for housing such as small mammal or bird that lives in holes in
trees or orchids which live in trees
parasitism - one organism, usually physically smaller of the two (the parasite) benefits and the other (the host) is harmed
spider mites suck sugar from plants http://images.google.com/images?q=spider+mites+photo&hl=en&um=1&sa=X&oi=images&ct=title
The roots of the Owl Clover
are partly parasitic on the roots of other desert wildflowers.
mutualism - both species benefit from the interaction
PowerPoint with examples of mutualism http://facstaff.bloomu.edu/ccorbin/mutualismexamples.ppt
algae and fungi > lichen - alga gets water and nutrients from the fungus and fungus gets food from the alga http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/british_soldiers.htm
cleaners eat insect pests from the skin of
animals (ex: Egyptian plover cleans giraffes and buffaloes)
predator - one eats another (Herbivores eat plants. Carnivores eats animals.)
Examples from the Internet