CT.6.2. Matter and Energy in Ecosystems: An ecosystem is composed of all the populations that are living in a certain space and the physical factors with which they interact. a) Populations in ecosystems are affected by biotic factors, such as other populations, and abiotic factors, such as soil and water supply. b) Populations in ecosystems can be categorized as producers, consumers and decomposers of organic matter.
6.2.4. Express in general terms how plants and other photosynthetic organisms use the sun's energy.
6.2.5. Investigate and report on the effects of abiotic factors on a plant's ability to photosynthesize.
6.2.6. Compare and contrast how energy and matter flow in a Connecticut ecosystem, emphasizing the interactions among producers, consumers and decomposers.
CT.CC.RST.6-8. Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Craft and Structure
RST.6-8.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.