LIVING ENVIRONMENT COURSE OVERVIEW Living Environment is designed as a one-year course. The nine units are tied together through a set of enduring topics* that spiral in the course. The sequence of units below is designed to introduce the new three-dimensional learning standards, while still preparing students for the LE Regents Exam.
⬤ STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION:
How do the structures of organisms enable life’s functions?
⬤ MATTER AND ENERGY IN ORGANISMS AND ECOSYSTEMS:
How do organisms obtain and use energy
they need to live and grow? How do matter and energy move through ecosystems?
⬤INTERDEPENDENT RELATIONSHIPS IN ECOSYSTEMS:
How do organisms interact with the living and non-living environment to obtain matter and energy?
⬤ INHERITANCE AND VARIATION OF TRAITS:
How are the characteristics from one
generation related to the previous generation?
⬤NATURAL SELECTION AND EVOLUTION:
How can there be so many similarities among organisms yet so many different plants, animals, and microorganisms? How does biodiversity affect humans?