Ed Golson Outdoor Education

Ecology Benchmarks

Science/Strand III/Content Standard 2/Elementary
Benchmark 4
Compare and contrast food, energy, and environmental needs of selected organisms.
Science/Strand III/Content Standard 4/Elementary
Benchmark 2
Explain how physical and behavioral characteristics of organisms help them to survive in their environments.
Science/Strand III/Content Standard 5/Elementary
Benchmark 1
Identify familiar organisms as part of a food chain or food web and describe their feeding relationships within the web.
Benchmark 2
Describe the basic requirements for all living things to maintain their existence
Benchmark 4
Describe positive and negative effects of humans on the environment.
Science/Strand V/Content Standard 1/Elementary
Benchmark 6
Demonstrate ways to conserve natural resources and reduce pollution through reduction, reuse, and recycling of manufactured materials.
Science/Strand V/Content Standard 2/Elementary
Benchmark 2
Trace the path that rainwater follows after it falls.
Benchmark 3
Identify sources of water and its uses
Science/Strand V/Content Standard 3/Elementary
Benchmark 2
Describe seasonal changes in Michigan's weather.
Science/Strand II/Content Standard 1/Middle School
Benchmark 5
Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the natural world.
Science/Strand III/Content Standard 4/Middle School
Benchmark 2
Explain how new traits might become established in a population and how species become extinct.
Science/Strand III/Content Standard 5/Middle School
Benchmark 1
Describe common patterns of relationships among populations.
Benchmark 2
Describe how all organisms acquire energy directly or indirectly from the sunlight
Benchmark 3
Predict the effects of changes in one population in a food web on other population.
Benchmark 4
Describe the likely succession of a given ecosystem over time.
Benchmark 6
Describe ways in which humans alter the environment.
Science/Strand V/Content Standard 2/Middle School
Benchmark 2
Describe how water in Michigan reaches the oceans and returns.
Benchmark 4
Describe the origins of pollution in the hydrosphere
Science/Strand II/Content Standard 1/High School
Benchmark 6
Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the natural world.
Science/Strand III/Content Standard 5/High School
Benchmark 1
Describe common ecological relationships between and among species and their environments.
Benchmark 2
Explain how energy flows through familiar ecosystems.
Benchmark 3
Describe general factors regulating population size in ecosystems.
Benchmark 4
Describe responses of an ecosystem to events that cause it to change.
Benchmark 6
Explain the effects of agriculture and urban development on selected ecosystems 
Science/Strand IV/Content Standard 1/High School
Benchmark 1
Analyze properties of common household and agricultural materials in terms of risk/benefit balance.
Science/Strand V/Content Standard 1/High School
Benchmark 4
Evaluate alternative long-range plans for resource use and by-product disposal in terms of environmental and economic impact.
Science/Strand V/Content Standard 2/High School
Benchmark 1
Identify and describe regional watersheds.
Benchmark 2
Describe how human activities affect the quality of water in the hydrosphere.

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