High School (SCI) Life Science Standards
[LS2] Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
SCI-HS.LS2.01 Use mathematical and/or computational models to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.
Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on quantitative analysis and comparison of the relationships among interdependent factors
including boundaries, resources, climate, and competition. Examples of mathematical comparisons could
include graphs, charts, histograms, and population changes gathered from computer simulations or
historical data sets. Disciplinary Core Ideas LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in
-Ecosystems have carrying capacities, which are
limits to the numbers of organisms and
populations they can support. These limits result
from such factors as the availability of living and
nonliving resources and from such challenges
such as predation, competition, and disease.
Student Learning Targets:
Skills (Performance) Targets
The Student can ...
... with help, demonstrate a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) and some of the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
... demonstrate no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes but exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
“The Standard.” ... demonstrate no major errors or omissions regarding any of the information and processes that were end of instruction expectations.
... demonstrate in-depth inferences and applications regarding more complex material that go beyond end of instruction expectations.
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