• Develop an attitude of respect and understanding for life.
  • Gain experience with the major environmental components (living and nonliving) in terrestrial and aquatic systems.
  • Conduct experiments with plants to determine ranges of tolerance.
  • Determine an organism‟s optimum conditions and environmental preferences.
  • Organize and analyze data from experiments and investigations with plants and animals.
  • Observe and describe changes in complex systems over time and interpret those observations.
  • Relate laboratory studies to natural systems where in any particular environment some kinds of plants and animals survive well and others survive less well or not at all.
  • Explain the feeding relationships in a number of ecosystems through food chains and food webs describing the roles of producers and consumers (herbivores, carnivores, and decomposers).
  • Describe how organisms can compete for resources in an ecosystem.