# HS-LS2-1: Carrying Capacity of Ecosystems

**Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.**

**Clarification Statement: **Emphasis is on quantitative analysis and comparison of the relationships among interdependent factors including boundaries, resources, climate, and competition. Examples of mathematical comparisons could include graphs, charts, histograms, and population changes gathered from simulations or historical data sets.

**Assessment Boundary: **Assessment does not include deriving mathematical equations to make comparisons.

**Science Practices**

Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

**Disciplinary Core Ideas**

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

**Crosscutting Concepts**

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

### Assessments

### Phenomena

### Anchor Charts

### Video

### Vocabulary

Ecosystems

Carrying capacity

Populations

Organisms

Interdependent limiting factors

- Boundary (i.e. space)

- Resources

- Climate

- Competition

- Predation

- Disease

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales. (Scale, Proportion, and Quantity)

### Resources

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