8. Ecosystem Organization - Sources and Standards

For more information about biomes around the world, see the Blue Planet Website

For more information about Biosphere 2, see the official website of Biospheres 2 or this Biosphere site that contains additional information about the research and history of the project.

Grade 6
Ecology (Life Sciences)
5. Organisms in ecosystems exchange energy and nutrients among themselves and with the environment. As a basis for understanding this concept:
c. Students know populations of organisms can be categorized by the functions they serve in an ecosystem.
d. Students know different kinds of organisms may play similar ecological roles in similar biomes.
e. Students know the number and types of organisms an ecosystem can support depends on the resources available and on abiotic factors, such as quantities of light and water, a range of temperatures, and soil composition.