Explore forest wildlife.
Exploration may include
- defining wildlife and habitat
- identifying endangered and threatened species
- describing various identification techniques
- explaining population control.
- How does the extinction of a species affect an ecosystem?
- Why is population control important to the maintenance of ecosystems?
- What are some examples of endangered animals? Of extinct animals?
- What actions or policies are in place to protect endangered wildlife species?
- What are some examples of population-control measures?
Related Standards of Learning
The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.
- Identify word origins and derivations.
- Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.
- Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.
- Identify connotations.
- Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.
- Use word-reference materials to determine meanings and etymology.
- Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.
- Skim materials using text features including type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information.
- Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as transitional words and phrases.
- Make inferences and draw logical conclusions using explicit and implied textual evidence.
- Differentiate between fact and opinion.
- Identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts.
- Describe how word choice and language structure convey an author’s viewpoint.
- Identify the main idea.
- Summarize text identifying supporting details.
- Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.
- Identify cause and effect relationships.
- Organize and synthesize information for use in written and other formats.
- Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.
- Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.
The student will self- and peer-edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, and Standard English.
- Choose appropriate adjectives and adverbs to enhance writing.
- Use pronoun-antecedent agreement to include indefinite pronouns.
- Use subject-verb agreement with intervening phrases and clauses.
- Edit for verb tense consistency and point of view.
- Use quotation marks with dialogue and direct quotations.
- Use correct spelling for commonly used words.
The student will investigate and understand that organisms within an ecosystem are dependent on one another and on nonliving components of the environment. Key concepts include
- the carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles;
- interactions resulting in a flow of energy and matter throughout the system;
- complex relationships within terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems; and
- energy flow in food webs and energy pyramids.