Temperature and precipitation as limiting factors in ecosystems

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This classroom activity is aimed at an understanding of different ecosystems by understanding the influence of temperature and precipitation. Students correlate graphs of vegetation vigor with those of temperature and precipitation data for four diverse ecosystems, ranging from near-equatorial to polar, and spanning both hemispheres to determine which climatic factor is limiting growth.

Performance Expectations

MS-LS2-1   Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-LS2-3   Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

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