Environmental Science

  • Topic:

    The environmental science unit helps students understand all facets of the environment and how humans impact them.  Students identify the three spheres of the earth.  They explore the ecological succession and environmental cycles.  They learn how the sun's energy is captured in photosysthesis and is transferred from one living organism to another.

    Vocabulary:

    Ecosystem:

                           


    algae                           

    beneficial                      

    carnivore                      

    climate                         

    commensalism              

    community                   

    compete                                   

    competition                   

    consumer                     

    dead                            

    ecosystem                    

    environment                 

    external                                   

    food chain                    

    food web                      

    fungus              

    herbivore

    host

    internal

    lichen

    living

    mammal

    mutualism

    nonliving

    omnivore

    organism

    parasite

    parasitism

    predator

    prey

    producer

    symbiosis

    weather


     

    Succession:

                           


    climax community         

    hemlock forest              

    humidity                                   

    humus                          

    observation                  

    pioneer plant                

    pond succession            

    rock succession             

    senses                         

    succession                    

    temperature

     


                           

    Photosynthesis:

     


    atom    

    bond

    carbon dioxide  

    cellular respiration

    chemical equation

    chlorophyll

    chloroplast

    glucose

    molecular formula

    molecule          

    oxygen 

    photosynthesis  

    subscript

    waste product

     


     

    Cycle:

     


    atmosphere      

    bacteria

    carbon-oxygen cycle

    condensation

    cycle

    decay

    decomposer

    evaporation

    hydrosphere

    lithosphere

    nitrogen

    nitrogen cycle

    nitrogen fixation

    precipitation

    transpiration

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