Examples of Interdependence
The student is expected to analyze and record examples of interdependence found in various situations such as terrariums and aquariums or pet and caregiver.
The student knows that the living environment is composed of relationships between organisms and the life cycles that occur.
The Concept of the Ecosystem: University of Michigan (website) - Good introduction to the many interactions among living and nonliving components of the environment.
Interdependence of Life: Project 2061 (website) - Brief overview of how organisms depend on one another and elements of the environment for survival.
What is an aquatic ecosystem? University of Florida CSREES Florida Water Quality Program (website) – Aquatic ecosystems are good examples of the interdependence of living and nonliving objects. This site explains aquatic ecosystems, including issues such as environment protection and flooding.
Log Hotel: FORED BC - Landscapes (PDF) - Observe how nature has its own recycling program as plants and animals move into decaying logs and depend on each other for survival.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Investigating Local Ecosystems: Science NetLinks (website) - Investigate the habitats of local plants and animals and how they depend on each other for survival.
Animals’ Needs - Living Things and Their Needs: BioEd Online (website) - Create terrariums to analyze and record examples of how earthworms depend on their environment.
Needs of Plants: BioEd Online (website) – Students plant radish seeds in different environments and observe the radishes over time to learn about what plants need to grow and survive.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Putting it all Together: Goldfish Connection (website) - Learn how to set up your own classroom aquarium. Analyze and record examples of interdependence found in an aquarium.
Have students draw a picture of the class terrarium or aquarium, or a decaying log, and make a list of at least five ways the living organisms depend on each other, and on non-living objects, for survival.
On One Flower. Fredericks, Anthony (ISBN-13: 978-1584690870)
Under One Rock. Fredericks, Anthony (ISBN-13: 978-1584690276)
Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book). Kunhardt, Dorothy (ISBN-13: 978-0307120007)
Every Living Thing. Rylant, Cynthia (ISBN-13: 978-0689712630)
Trees at Work, Just Look! Illinois Department of Natural Resources (PDF) - Learn about how animals, people and the environment itself depend on the invisible work of trees. Download the entire guide for teacher or the activity, Trees at Work.
Why School Gardening? Kids Gardening (website) - Learn about programs, grants and resources that can be used to help you create a school gardening area in which students can analyze interdependence of living and nonliving organisms.