Grade 10 Science: Biology & Ecology

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Section 1 - Populations

1 Lesson 1 - Introduction 11:32

Introduction to biology and ecology, explaining what sections and lessons will be covered in the course.

2 Lesson 2 - Environmental Factors & Population 10:25

Examining species populations and what factors affect these populations.

3 Lesson 2 - Review 04:32

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 2.

4 Lesson 3 - Predator/Prey Interactions 14:40

Exploring the dynamics between predators and their prey.

5 Lesson 3 - Review 10:00

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 3.

6 Lesson 4 - Carrying Capacity 10:01

Examining the maximum amount of species that can be accommodated within ecosystems.

7 Lesson 4 - Review 07:16

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 4.

Section 2 - Natural Selection

8 Lesson 5 - Adaptation 11:00

Exploring ways in which organisms change in order to better tolerate their environment.

9 Lesson 5 - Review 06:46

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 5.

10 Lesson 6 - Evolution 13:13

Discussing Charles Darwin and his theory of drastically changing organisms through natural circumstances.

11 Lesson 6 - Review 07:39

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 6.

12 Lesson 7 - Natural Selection Effects 09:47

Examining how natural circumstances guide evolution.

13 Lesson 7 - Review 07:25

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 7.

14 Lesson 8 - Artificial Selection 11:47

Discussing how humans have mimicked natural selection to create desirable effects in organisms - from GMOs to racehorses - and where this might lead in the future with gene editing technologies.

15 Lesson 8 - Review 06:12

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 8.

Section 3 - Biodiversity

16 Lesson 9 - Maintaining Biodiversity 10:13

Strategies for maintaining biodiversity and avoiding species loss.

17 Lesson 9 - Review 06:01

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 9.

18 Lesson 10 - Monitoring Biodiversity 10:47

Methods for monitoring biodiversity.

19 Lesson 10 - Review 04:40

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 10.

Section 4 - Tropical Rainforest Ecology

20 Lesson 11 - Trees & Plants 15:26

Examining trees and plants in the most biodiverse areas in the world - tropical rainforests.

21 Lesson 11 - Review 05:24

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 11.

22 Lesson 12 - Mammals & Reptiles 12:42

Examining the mammals and reptiles found in tropical rainforests.

23 Lesson 12 - Review 05:41

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 12.

24 Lesson 13 - Birds, Bats & Insects 13:30

Examining just a portion of the birds, bats, and insects that are found in tropical rainforests.

25 Lesson 13 - Review 04:32

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 13.

26 Lesson 14 - Connections 12:28

Exploring connections between rainforest flora and fauna and human environments.

27 Lesson 14 - Review 04:17

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 14.

Section 5 - Reef & Coastal Ecology

28 Lesson 15 - Mangroves & Littoral Forest 13:44

Covering the pioneer coastal trees of the tropics and the island forests associated with them.

29 Lesson 15 - Review 05:45

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 15.

30 Lesson 16 - Cetaceans & Manatees 14:38

Everybody's favorite - dolphins! Discuss these creatures and the rest of the cetaceans and manatees of the tropics.

31 Lesson 16 - Review 05:39

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 16.

32 Lesson 17 - Fish & Marine Animals 14:03

Examining just a portion of the fish and aquatic species found in the most biodiverse underwater region on the planet.

33 Lesson 17 - Review 05:24

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 17.

34 Lesson 18 - Coral Reefs 11:57

Discussing the backbone and pioneer species of the most biodiverse underwater region on Earth.

35 Lesson 18 - Review 05:43

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 18.

36 Lesson 19 - Connections 10:56

Exploring the connections between coral reef ecosystems and human environments on land.

37 Lesson 19 - Review 05:27

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 19.

Section 6 - Human Interaction With Ecosystems

38 Lesson 20 - Development & Threats 14:14

Discussing how human developments threaten ecosystems.

39 Lesson 20 - Review 06:16

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 20.

40 Lesson 21 - Conservation Strategies 14:18

Exploring different conservation strategies to try and mitigate the threat of human development to ecosystems.

41 Lesson 21 - Review 03:32

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 21.

42 Lesson 22 - Investigating Conservation Issues 13:34

Investigating differing issues in conservation science and what is being done to further these initiatives.

43 Lesson 22 - Review 04:38

Quiz and thought experiment questions review for lesson 22.

Course Description:

This is an interesting and exciting course that covers biology concepts within the framework of ecology. It is broken down into six ecology-themed sections: populations, natural selection, biodiversity, tropical rainforest ecology, reef & coastal ecology, and human interaction with ecosystems.

Section 1 focuses on interactions between organisms within and across populations. Section 2 explores adaptations and traits that help organisms to better survive in their environment. Section 3 focuses on the variety of life found in different environments and why this is important. Section 4 explores several aspects of tropical rainforests, from trees and plants to insects and mammals. Section 5 explores coral reef environments and their connections with mangroves, marine mammals, fish, and other organisms. Lastly, section 6 focuses on how humans impact environments in both positive and negative ways.

This course is taught by an experienced classroom and ecology field studies teacher with two master of science degrees in environmental science and sustainable environmental resources management. Drawing on academic knowledge and field experience, these lessons offer an enjoyable and accessible look into the broad fields of ecology and biology.  

 

Course Goals:

With knowledge and clarity gained from these concepts this course will not only improve ecological literacy, it will help foster a deeper curiosity about the natural world. Upon completion of this course the successful student will be able to understand the complex relationship between predators and prey, differentiate between populations within ecosystems, understand the science behind natural selection, understand the importance of biodiversity, develop expertise on tropical rainforest systems and coastal reef systems, and gain a deeper understanding of how human interaction affects ecosystems.

 

Target Audience:

The target audience is 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students who have basic scientific literacy skills and are interested in applied sciences such as biology. 

 

Course Requirements:

The student will complete 22 full lessons, each with two components consisting of a regular lesson and a review lesson. Successful completion of a quiz after each lesson is needed in order to move on to the next course. Quizzes will be reviewed in the second component of each lesson, complete with a review answer sheet.

 

Course Includes:

  • Over 5.5 hours of video lessons and review video lessons
  • 22 lessons
  • 21 Quizzes
  • Lesson slides reviewing each lesson
  • Quiz slides reviewing each test
  • Additional parent resources: course outline and answer key for each quiz

 

Course Topics: 

  • Introduction
  • Environmental Factors & Population
  • Predator/Prey Interactions
  • Carrying Capacity
  • Adaptation
  • Evolution
  • Natural Selection Effects
  • Artificial Selection
  • Maintaining Biodiversity
  • Monitoring Biodiversity
  • Trees & Plants
  • Mammals & Reptiles
  • Birds, Bats & Insects
  • Tropical Forest Ecology Connections
  • Mangroves & Littoral Forest
  • Cetaceans & Manatees
  • Fish & Marine Animals
  • Coral Reefs
  • Reef & Coastal Connections
  • Development & Threats
  • Conservation Strategies
  • Investigating Conservation Issues
  • Teacher: Jordan
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental science; Conservation; Ecology; Geography; Cosmology
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts, Geography | Master of Science, Integrated Science and Technology | Master of Science, Sustainable Environmental Resources Management
  • Interests: Nature, tropical rainforests, theoretical and particle physics, surfing, sports, music, different cultures
  • Skills: Fieldwork in remote areas; experiential education in remote areas; wilderness survival; relate very well to students; former elite athlete
  • Associations: International Institute for Sustainable Development; Ecology Project International; Iwokrama International Center for Rainforest Conservation and Development
  • Issues I care about: Progressive conservation; sustainable development; environmental literacy; scientific literacy; quality education; healthy living; fitness; nutrition;

Science and geography educator, conservation scientist, adventurer - these are the things that I focus my time and energy on. I have spent several years living in the rainforests and coasts of Central and South America, educating students with hands-on, experiential methods. On top of teaching, I was in tropical forests and coral reefs doing field work, collecting data, monitoring, and working with conservation initiatives. I have taught students from 9th grade all the way up to seniors in university. My experience living, working, and studying in 6 countries helps to give a unique perspective on the science and geography lessons I teach, and students can benefit from first hand knowledge which is sometimes lacking in traditional classrooms. Educating is my passion and I believe it is imperative for youth to have the scientific literacy that is necessary to go forward in life. It is my mission to help get them there.

Grade 10 Science - Biology & Ecology - COURSE OUTLINE

Course outline for Grade 10 Science - Biology & Ecology

Grade 10 Science - Biology & Ecology - ANSWER SHEET FOR QUIZZES

Answer sheet for all quizzes that follow each lesson during the Biology & Ecology course.

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