The world has many different environments, and distinct environments support the life of different types of organisms.
Organisms within ecosystems are interdependent and can survive only in environments in which their needs can be met.
All organisms cause changes in the environment where they live and they, in turn, are affected by changes in their environment.
5.L.1 Understand how structures and systems of organisms (to include the human body) perform functions necessary for life.
5.L.1.1 Explain why some organisms are capable of surviving as a single cell while others require many cells that are specialized to survive.
5.L.1.2 Compare the major systems of the human body (digestive, respiratory, circulatory, muscular, skeletal, and cardiovascular) in terms of their functions necessary for life.
5.L.2 Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem.
5.L.2.1 Compare the characteristics of several common ecosystems, including estuaries and salt marshes, oceans, lakes and ponds, forests, and grasslands.
5.L.2.2 Classify the organisms within an ecosystem according to the function they serve: producers, consumers, or decomposers (biotic factors).
5.L.2.3 Infer the effects that may result from the interconnected relationship of plants and animals to their ecosystem
Fourth Nine Weeks Standards
Investigating Weather Systems Ecosystems
Weather data can be collected and used to compare weather patterns and to predict upcoming weather events.
Local (NC) weather is influenced by the Jet Stream, global wind patterns, and the Gulf Stream. T
This unit of also includes the water cycle and a study of heat transfer.
5.E.1 Understand weather patterns and phenomena, making connections to the weather in a particular place and time.
5.P.2.1 Explain how the sun’s energy impacts the processes of the water cycle (including evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation and runoff).
5.E.1.1 Compare daily and seasonal changes in weather conditions (including wind speed and direction, precipitation, and temperature) and patterns.
5.E.1.2 Predict upcoming weather events from weather data collected through observation and measurements.
5.E.1.3 Explain how global patterns such as the jet stream and water currents influence local weather in measurable terms such as temperature, wind direction and speed, and precipitation