Sixth Grade Highlights
CA NGSS MS-ESS3-3. ESS3.C. Human Impacts on Earth Systems: Discussion reviews the movement of energy through ecosystems with an emphasis on importance of maintaining that balance. Ecosystems have their limits and can be damaged by disturbance and overpopulation which will reduce the ability of those systems to function as effectively. Excess greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and rising temperatures have a negative impact on Earth’s physical and biological systems and this is impacting human health and well-being. Solutions are discussed.
What Students Learn: Rising temperatures have changed the trajectory of vector ecology and we have seen our own local issues develop with the arrival and spread of invasive mosquitoes. Conclusion includes mosquito source identification, source reduction practices, and bite prevention information.