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1st, 3rd & 6th Hours

Ch15. Ecosystems

Task 1: Read Ch. 15 Ecosystems

Task 2: Create a meta-cognitive reading log in your science notebook

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Task 3: Answer the following questions in your science notebook.

  1. What is an ecosystem?
  2. What are the different communities in an ecosystem?
  3. Why is photosynthesis important?
  4. How is energy from the Sun useful to an ecosystem?
  5. What is the meaning of the following vocabulary words? Give an example for each.  Producer, consumer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, decomposer.
  6. Explain the relationship between water & sunlight?
  7. Explain the relationship between Carbon & Oxygen?
  8. Use the terms producer, consumer, and decomposer to label each member of the meadow ecosystem: grass, grasshopper, frog, snake, hawk, and fungus.
  9. What process changes light energy into chemical energy (energy that can be used by organisms other than producers) in an ecosystem? 4. How are matter and nutrients cycled back into the ecosystem from which they came?
  10. A _____________________ is the type of organism that undergoes photosynthesis, converting energy into a usable form of food for other organisms in an ecosystem.
  11. What form of energy is lost by moving from producer to consumer to decomposer in an ecosystem?                     a.light b. heat c. food energy
  12. Research the term chemosynthesis on the Internet. After researching the term, explain what chemosynthesis is. Then provide an explanation for why the statement, “all living things require energy from the Sun” is not true.

BONUS QUESTION: What is the name of the cactus pictured to the right in the e-textbook.

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Task #1: Go to IXL Science.  Complete the following assignment in 7th & 8th grade levels:

Score: 100%

Task #2: Create a Flow Chart for 5 Food Chains

Task #3: Go to DnA Illuminate.  Take Food Chains/Webs Practice Assessment







Winter Break IXL Assignments Due By Sunday 1/6/2019

Dear Students:

The following are all of the Science IXL assignments that you have been working on.  Please make sure that you complete all of them with a score of 100%.

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Scientific method

  1.  report A.1 Identify steps of the scientific method


  1.  report D.1 Calculate density, mass, and volume

Chemical reactions

  1.  report F.1 Identify reactants and products
  2.  report F.2 Count atoms and molecules in chemical reactions
  3.  report F.3 Calculate amounts of reactants or products in chemical reactions
  4.  report F.4 Describe energy changes in chemical reactions
  5.  report F.5 Compare physical and chemical changes

Kinetic and potential energy

  1.  report H.1 Identify changes in gravitational potential energy

Thermal energy

  1.  report I.1 Predict heat flow and temperature changes
  2.  report I.2 Compare thermal energy transfers

Particle motion and energy

  1.  report J.1 How does particle motion affect temperature?
  2.  report J.2 Particle motion and changes of state
  3.  report J.3 How does particle motion affect gas pressure?
  4.  report J.4 Identify how particle motion affects temperature and pressure


  1.  report K.1 Compare amplitudes, wavelengths, and frequencies of waves
  2.  report K.2 Compare energy of waves


  1.  report O.2 Identify functions of plant cell parts
  2.  report O.3 Identify functions of animal cell parts
  3.  report O.4 Plant cell diagrams: label parts
  4.  report O.5 Animal cell diagrams: label parts
  5.  report O.6 Compare cells and cell parts


  1.  report S.1 Compare ages of fossils in a rock sequence


  1.  report U.1 How do plants use and change energy?
  2.  report U.2 Identify the photosynthetic organism


  1.  report V.2 Identify ecosystems
  2.  report V.3 Describe ecosystems

Ecological interactions

  1.  report W.1 How does matter move in food chains?
  2.  report W.2 Interpret food webs I
  3.  report W.3 Interpret food webs II
  4.  report W.4 Classify symbiotic relationships

Rocks and minerals

  1.  report Z.2 Classify rocks as igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic
  2.  report Z.3 Label parts of rock cycle diagrams
  3.  report Z.4 Select parts of rock cycle 

Plate tectonics

  1.  report AA.1 Label Earth layers
  2.  report AA.2 Label Earth features at tectonic plate boundaries
  3.  report AA.3 Describe tectonic plate boundaries around the world


  1.  report GG.2 Identify phases of the Moon
  2.  report GG.3 What causes the seasons on Earth?