SciIII - Ecology / Honors Ecology
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the ecology component of biology and the principles set out in the Maine Learning Results. Together we examine our role in the world by studying the biosphere and different factors impact on it. Ecology then examines the unique interrelationships among the various components within the global system. Limiting factors are studied to develop proposals for mechanisms to sustain a balance between human impact and environmental responsibility. Biochemical factors are also included to understand how the chemistry of life is suited to maintain diversity and stability. The course utilizes technology and laboratory exploration in the classroom to strengthen understanding. The textbook is used to develop a vernacular for communicating the information. The use of discussions, outlines, quizzes, tests, and projects will demonstrate competency in the subjects and readiness to advance.
Intro Ecology - Honors:
This honors ecology course challenges students to understand the complex interactions between the living and non-living world. The close interrelationships between individuals and their environment are examined. Key concepts include the characteristics of life, cycles of matter, population dynamics, conservation, classification, and a brief introduction to biochemistry. Students explore the affects of changes in ecological stability from altering various factors such as temperature, pH, population, and other limiting factors. The role of biochemical factors on the sustainability of life is also examined to help connect students to prior knowledge and build the terminology necessary for successful completion of future study. This course is an honors level course with a prerequisite of intro-chemistry and intro-biology or equivalents.
In the honors course, students lead the content integration and transfer responsibility for elements of the learning process from the instructor to the individual. The instructor acts as a facilitator to ensure that material is introduced and appropriate conclusions are developed. Projects, research, and discussions foster this conversion.
- Teacher: David Consalvi