Ch 49: Basics of Ecology - ORELA Middle Grades General Science

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This chapter offers short and engaging video lessons designed to enhance your preparations for the ORELA Middle Grades General Science assessment. Get reacquainted with the basics of ecology as you prepare for this Oregon teacher certification exam.

Basics of Ecology - ORELA Middle Grades General Science - Chapter Summary

This exploration of ecology can refresh your knowledge of science concepts you haven't explored in awhile. Upon completion of the chapter, you'll be ready to answer questions on the ORELA Middle Grades General Science assessment that address:

  • Understanding the environment, levels of ecology and ecosystems
  • Examining habitats and ecological niches
  • Analyzing food chains, trophic levels and energy flow in an ecosystem
  • Describing interspecific competition, competitive exclusion and niche differentiation
  • Exploring predator/prey interactions, camouflage, mimicry and warning coloration
  • Discussing symbiotic relationships, populations and ecological succession
  • Understanding carrying capacity, migration and dispersion
  • Grasping dispersal, colonization, conservation biology and habitat fragmentation

The lessons can ensure you fully understand the basics of ecology through in-depth definitions and examples. Watch the videos from your computer, smartphone or tablet at a pace that's comfortable for you.

Basics of Ecology - ORELA Middle Grades General Science Chapter Objectives

The ORELA Middle Grades General Science assessment is required if you seek educator licensure in Oregon that enables you to teach general science in the middle grades classroom. The test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and is computer based.

This chapter's topics are found in the life science content domain of the assessment, which constitutes approximately 25% of the total exam. Make preparing for questions in this domain easier by taking lesson quizzes and a chapter exam that reinforce basic ecology topics. If you need to revisit primary portions of the lessons to strengthen your comprehension of ecology, use the timelines to skip to key topics within the videos.

11 Lessons in Chapter 49: Basics of Ecology - ORELA Middle Grades General Science
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The Environment, Levels of Ecology and Ecosystems

1. The Environment, Levels of Ecology and Ecosystems

Do you know the difference between an environment and an ecosystem? In this lesson, you'll find out what makes an environment, and what makes an ecosystem. You'll also learn what ecology is and some of the ways that scientists study ecology using organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems and even the entire biosphere.

Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches

2. Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches

Check out this video lesson to understand the many complex aspects of an ecosystem. See how animals live in habitats and survive amongst their surroundings.

Food Chains, Trophic Levels and Energy Flow in an Ecosystem

3. Food Chains, Trophic Levels and Energy Flow in an Ecosystem

In this lesson, you'll learn about food chains, food webs, and the different roles that organisms play in an ecosystem. You'll also learn about how energy flows through an ecosystem.

Interspecific Competition, Competitive Exclusion & Niche Differentiation

4. Interspecific Competition, Competitive Exclusion & Niche Differentiation

What happens when two similar species that consume the same resources occupy the same space? Interspecific competition, that's what! Watch our video lesson to learn about the outcomes of this ecological battle.

Predator/Prey Interactions, Camouflage, Mimicry & Warning Coloration

5. Predator/Prey Interactions, Camouflage, Mimicry & Warning Coloration

You probably know that skunks can be quite stinky, bees sting and monarch butterflies are pretty, but do you know why? This lesson will introduce you to the reasons why some animals look or act the way they do and how these things relate to the predator/prey relationship.

Symbiotic Relationships: Mutualism, Commensalism & Parasitism

6. Symbiotic Relationships: Mutualism, Commensalism & Parasitism

If your cat or dog has ever had fleas, you've witnessed symbiosis in action. In this lesson, learn the many types of symbiosis in biology, and how these relationships can have a positive, negative, or neutral effect on the individual species.

Populations: Density, Survivorship and Life Histories

7. Populations: Density, Survivorship and Life Histories

Have you ever wondered how biologists determine the populations of animals in a particular geographic area? Watch this video lesson to find out, and discover how scientists look at the survivorship and life histories of many different species.

Carrying Capacity, Migration & Dispersion

8. Carrying Capacity, Migration & Dispersion

Have you ever wondered why some types of birds fly south in the winter or why some animals form territories? Watch this video to learn about a species' maximum growth capabilities, the way its members group themselves and why they might migrate to new locations every year.

Dispersal, Colonization, and Island Biogeography

9. Dispersal, Colonization, and Island Biogeography

Have you ever gone in your backyard and discovered a wild raspberry bush that has never been there before? How did it get there? Why is there only one bush year after year? In this lesson, you'll study how plant and animal species colonize in new areas through dispersal and immigration and how some species thrive in a new area while others fail.

Conservation Biology, Habitat Fragmentation, and Metapopulations

10. Conservation Biology, Habitat Fragmentation, and Metapopulations

It's becoming harder to conserve large, unbroken tracts of wilderness. Is there another way for conservation biologists to ensure the survival of a species? In this lesson, you'll learn about habitat fragmentation and metapopulations.

Ecological Succession: From Pioneer to Climax Communities

11. Ecological Succession: From Pioneer to Climax Communities

Just as people grow and change so, too, do ecosystems. Watch this lesson to learn about ecological succession from the beginning stages of development to a community's ultimate destination, or climax.

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