This lesson was created for upper elementary, middle school, or early high school students and is a great way to introduce or re-teach food webs, food chains, ecology, or energy flow in ecosystems. Covers many Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core standards! My students love the rare opportunity to enjoy a video, but the challenge is keeping them engaged and learning at a high level. That challenge is met with this attached higher thinking comic style activity. This is not your average Bill Nye worksheet! Students need to stay engaged in the video to determine the correct answers and graphic representations cue students when answers might be coming. Package include 4 page student worksheet aligned with Bill Nye the Science Guy: Food Web (episode #26), and 4 page teacher key with an additional activity perfect for interactive notebooks or science journals designed to reinforce food webs and energy pyramids. Full teacher key with all answers included. Deeper thinking questions and a fun additional activity add more rigor to the lesson. Graphic format and practice differentiate for different learning styles. This activity packet will be a great resource for any curriculum that teaches ecology, ecosystems, food webs, food chains, or energy pyramids. This activity would work well with a sub if desired. Approximately one to two class periods in length. As a point of reference I teach a 50 minute class. Created by Mister Science.
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Common Core Standards covered in this lesson
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Students cover this standard by performing the technical task of creating a correct energy pyramid and food chain.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Students cover this standard when they complete the conclusion activity. Students write complete sentences detailing new things they learned from the lesson and things they already knew that were confirmed by the lesson.
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.
Students determine the meaning and relevance of academic terms throughout the lesson.
Next Generation Science Standards covered in this lesson
MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Students cover this standard as they analyze the source of food they have recently eaten. Students come to the conclusion that all food is based on plants and our available food and oxygen resources are based on plants.
MS-LS2-3. Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
Students cover this standard as they create their own food chain based on a photograph. Students come to the conclusion that without all levels of an energy pyramid a food chain isn’t sustainable.
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