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Unit Plan completed by Brittnaye Warriner Chantal Jabbour Clynton Lahner

Unit Plan - Grade 9 Biology: Sustainable Ecosystems

Note the bracketed Skills of Scientific Investigation (IP=Initiating and Planning, PR=Performing and Recording, AI=Analyzing and Interpreting, and C=Communication and Collaboration) in relation to the Curriculum Expectations

The overall expectations for the unit include B1, B2, and B3, with specific expectations noted

Each lesson is intended for a 75 minute period

Lessons should be adapted in accordance with IEP and ELL needs and requirements


A= Assessment


K/U=Knowledge and Understanding

T/I=Thinking and Inquiry




Title and Description

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Evaluation and Assessment

Curriculum Reference


Introduction to concepts/vocabulary/unit overview and Diagnostic Tool

Define and discuss terms such as: ecosystem, biodiversity, environment, stewardship, sustainability

Explain the difference between biotic and abiotic environmental components and how they interact

Diagnostic Test on Ecology Basics

Whole group discussion

Concept Maps

Textbook Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt

A:Diagnostic Test

Ecology basics

(Multiple choice questions)

20 questions

B 2.1 [C]

B 3.1



Ecosystems have communities, come in all sizes, and combine to make biomes

Discuss the differences between species, population, habitat, community, and niche

Activity: Ecosystem Field Study



E:Skill: PR (student participates in Field study)

B 3.3


Biomes and the Biosphere

Terrestrial biomes vs. aquatic biomes and the different types and characteristics of each

The biosphere is a combination of the atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere

These three components interact with each other to make up the physical environment

Text Readings


Terrestrial biomes vs. aquatic biomes

Oral Questioning

E:Skill- AI ;C (text - research notes organized; student are able to communicate thoughts on note in discussion )

B 3.4


Nutrient Cycles and Energy Flow

What is a nutrient? What is an element?...