Science Worksheets and Study Guides Fifth Grade. Interactions among living things

The resources above correspond to the standards listed below:

Kentucky Standards

KY.CC. Core Content for Assessment v.4.1
SC-05-4.7. Interdependence: Elementary learners need to become acquainted with ecosystems that are easily observable to them by beginning to study the habitats of many types of local organisms. Students begin to investigate the survival needs of different organisms and how the environment affects optimum conditions for survival.
SC-05-4.7.1. Unifying Concepts: Students will describe and categorize populations of organisms according to the function they serve in an ecosystem (e.g., producers, consumers, decomposers); draw conclusions about the effects of changes to populations in an ecosystem.
SC-05-4.7.2. Unifying Concepts: Students should understand that a population consists of all individuals of a species that occur together at a given place and time. All populations living together and the physical factors with which they interact compose an ecosystem.
KY.PS. Program of Studies 2006
SC-5-I. Big Idea: Interdependence (Unifying Concepts) - It is not difficult for students to grasp the general notion that species depend on one another and on the environment for survival. But their awareness must be supported by knowledge of the kinds of relationships that exist among organisms, the kinds of physical conditions that organisms must cope with, the kinds of environments created by the interaction of organisms with one another and their physical surroundings, and the complexity of such systems. Elementary learners need to become acquainted with ecosystems that are easily observable to them by beginning to study the habitats of many types of local organisms. Students begin to investigate the survival needs of different organisms and how the environment affects optimum conditions for survival. (Academic Expectations 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6)
SC-5-I-S-1. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will define the concepts of population and community and identify examples of populations and communities within various ecosystems
SC-5-I-S-2. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will identify the role/function a population of organisms has in a particular community/ecosystem (e.g., producers, consumers, decomposers)
SC-5-I-S-4. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will analyze, create and describe visual representations of ecosystems and the interactions occurring within them. Compare and critique pre-existing and student-constructed representations for accuracy, identifying strengths and limitations, insisting on the use of evidence to support decisions
SC-5-I-U-1. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that within every ecosystem are populations of organisms that serve specific functions. Changes to any population may affect the other populations in that ecosystem.
SC-5-I-U-3. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that matter and energy flow along multiple paths within a community. Complex models depicting this interdependence make these relationships easier to visualize and comprehend.