Unit 1 Assignments
Plate Tectonics

MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3
Science Skills
Earth's Resources

Bundle 1 How important are our natural resources?
MS-LS2-1  Evidence Statement
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

Graded Packet
[Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.]
MS-LS2-2  Evidence Statement
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

Graded Packet
[Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on predicting consistent patterns of interactions in different ecosystems in terms of the relationships among and between organisms and abiotic components of ecosystems. Examples of types of interactions could include competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial.]
The distribution of resources also connects to the idea that organisms, and populations of organisms, are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving factors. In any ecosystem, organisms and populations with similar requirements for food, water, oxygen, or other resources may compete with each other for limited resources, access to which consequently constrains their growth and reproduction. Growth of organisms and population increases are limited by access to resources (LS2.A as in MS-LS2-1).

The idea that population increases are limited by access to resources also connects to the concept that predatory interactions may reduce the number of organisms or eliminate whole populations of organisms. Mutually beneficial interactions, in contrast, may become so interdependent that each organism requires the other for survival. Although the species involved in these competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial interactions vary across ecosystems, the patterns of interactions of organisms with their environments, both living and nonliving, are shared (LS2.A as in MS-LS2-2).

Quia LS2-1 & LS2-2 Practice Quiz: Ecosystems & (Espanol)

Take every day before sleeping!

Vocabulary Review Activities

Quia Espanol  Vocabulario,    Hangman EspanolColumnos  

 BrainPop Animations and Practice QuizesBrainPop

Folder6th Grade Resources LS2-1

Folder6th Grade Resources LS2-2

Vocabulary - Glossary

Environmental Science: Chapter 1 Section 1: Pages 16-22:
Living Things And The Environment

Environmental Science: Chapter 1 Section 3: Pages 31-38:
Interactions Among Living Things

Environmental Science:
Chapter All Section All: Pages 0-28:
Forces & EnergyLeveled
Guided Rdg

Reading Essentials Booklets

Science Skills Handbook
Appendix: Pages 202-214:
Process Skills Packet

Labs & Videos
Forest Ecosystem
Gizmos Forest Ecosystem

Gizmos Prairie Ecosystem

Gizmos Pond Ecosystem
food chain
Gizmos Food Chain
Gizmos Rabbit Population by Season
reefs 1
GizmosCoral Reefs- Abiotic Factors 1

reefs 1
GizmosCoral Reefs- Abiotic Factors 2

effects of environment
Gizmos Effects Of Environment
Rabbits and Foxes Game

Worksheet & Espanol

Gizmos Plant Growth Experiment
mass or height of plants

Change Over Time - Generic Graph

Graphing 2 Populations & Example


How Wolves Change Rovers

Nye Schooltube 
Bill Nye Schooltube Alaskan Otters & Oil Spill  

Graphing 2 Populations & Example

Cause Effect Data Over Time
Performance Assessment


Plants Enrichment
  1. Brainpop Seed Plants - also see related videos
  2. Study Jams - Plants With Seeds
  3. Textbook Chapter 5 page140
    1. Guided Reading 5.1
    2. 5.2 Gymnosperms (evergreens)
    3. 5.3 Angiosperms (Flowers)

Discrepant Event




New situations/applications

project to share
Reading & Math Work

Math and DataMath Logo
Projects by Learning Style and Media Type
Silver Sensing THinking Hand Sensing-Thinking (Mastery)
  1. Create a diagram that shows ecosystems and their parts.
Silver Sensing Feeling Heart Sensing-Feeling (Interpersonal)
A time when you...
  1. Show how __________________are parts of an ecosystem.
Intuitive Thinking-Head Intuitive-Thinking (Understanding)
Playing with facts

  1. Create a diagram that compares or contrasts different types of ecosystems.
Silver Intuitive Feeling Intuitive-Feeling (Self-Expressive)
Creating new possibiliteis

  1. Show how new species might behave and describe their possible structure _______.

  1. Make a video or animation of ecosystems  (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.

  1. Create a PowerPoint, ToonDoo, or other graphic that shows one of the projects above.

garagebandPodcast Audio

  1. Make a radio show, podcast, or song about ecosystems (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.
ArtistMusicianLive Presentation Project

  1. Make a poster, play, song or cartoon showing your understanding of ecosystems in their many forms.
Essential Vocabulary & Concepts 
Picture Core Knowledge or Concept
CorkCells Characteristics of Living Organisms (Life Processes):
  • Get Energy (food)
  • Use Energy (to move, eat, digest, reproduce, etc.)
  • Grow
  • Respond to changes in their environment
  • Reproduce
  • Get rid of waste