Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES)

Biodiversity - Baltimore Ecosystem Study RET


This "Biodiversity Unit" was designed by a Baltimore County high school teacher, Ms. Laura Dailey, as part of his Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study during the 2009-2010 school year.

Indicators Covered: (Environmental Science)

BCPS Indicator: 6.1.3 – The student will apply knowledge of population dynamics to explain the effects of environmental stressors on a given population.

BCPS Indicator 6.6.3- The student will analyze environmental issues that involve wildlife.

BCPS Indicator 6.4.1 -The student will demonstrate knowledge of soil and its importance to the terrestrial environment.

BCPS Indicator: Goal 6.2.1 – The student will demonstrate knowledge of water and water quality and its importance to aquatic ecology.

Identify and describe that ecosystems can be affected by human activities.

Technology Indicator:

Develop an understanding of the relationships among technologies and the connections between technology and other fields of study.

Enduring Knowledge:

Different areas of the world have varying amounts of renewable and nonrenewable natural resources available. These resources may be utilized in many ways based on human needs. Obtaining and utilizing these resources will have a direct affect on the quality of the environment in a given area.

Duration of Unit:

Unit is open-ended, depending on time, commitment of educator and number of students available. Individual Lesson time-spans are subjective to length of class periods and reading level and prior knowledge.

Grade Level:

Unit should be implemented at the secondary level (7th grade and above)

Individual Lesson Duration:

Lesson 1: 45-60 minutes

Lesson 2: 4-5 class periods depending on size/type of area

Lesson 3: 2, 45 minute periods for testing and analysis; 2 additional days for presentations

Lesson 4: 2, 45 minute periods for testing and analysis; 2 additional days for presentations

Lesson 5: 5 days for plotting and planting. Upkeep is open-ended and will require commitment from teacher and incoming students. Lesson will require advance planning from teacher to obtain funding and plants.

Unit is designed to have all work recorded in an interactive notebook. There are several purposes to this notebook; most importantly, it assists the students with organizing their thoughts for future reference and allows then to see a progression in their individual work and to make connections between the information covered within each lesson.

This is a very interactive unit, designed to address all learning styles and cover several processes involved in a rounded education

  • Lesson 1: Bay Resources

    Students will define and classify resources from the Chesapeake Bay watershed in order to describe how each of these organisms interacts.

  • Lesson 5: Planting

    Students will evaluate available resources in order to create and maintain a native species environment.

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