Teachers' Domain, Ecosystems and Human Impact, published June 19, 2009, retrieved on ,
Ecosystems and Human Impact is a graduate-level professional development course designed to enhance your understanding and teaching of life science. In two sessions, you will explore how plants, animals (including humans), and other living and non-living things impact each other as they cohabit the world's ecosystems. You will investigate these topics using hands-on activities and online resources including video segments, interactive activities, and readings drawn from Teachers' Domain, WGBH's digital library service.
Ecosystems and Human Impact
This course gives you an understanding of the complex interactions of living and nonliving things that comprise an ecosystem and a context for understanding the nature of human impact on ecosystems.
Session 1: Interactions of Organisms
Learners examine how populations of animals and plants that live in the same area, together with nonliving things in the environment, interact to comprise ecosystems. Teaching and learning strategies focus on effective questioning techniques.
Session 2: Human Impact on the Environment
Building on Session 1, learners recognize that humans depend on natural and constructed environments. Teaching and learning strategies focus on group discussion.
All sessions and their content correspond to the National Science Education Standards.
Academic standards correlations on Teachers' Domain use the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) database of state and national standards, provided to NSDL projects courtesy of JES & Co.
We assign reference terms to each statement within a standards document and to each media resource, and correlations are based upon matches of these terms for a given grade band. If a particular standards document of interest to you is not displayed yet, it most likely has not yet been processed by ASN or by Teachers' Domain. We will be adding social studies and arts correlations over the coming year, and also will be increasing the specificity of alignment.