This fun and engaging activity gets your students thinking deeply and putting their knowledge of ecology, food pyramids and energy flow in ecosystems to the test. You get templates and complete instructions for two foldables and a PowerPoint with embedded videos to guide students through the vocabulary necessary to complete the second foldable.
This lesson was created for elementary and middle school students and is great practice to help students reinforce the concepts of ecology, energy pyramids, energy flow in ecosystems, food webs, food chains, producers, and consumers.
This activity is perfect for classes that use interactive notebooks or science journals as a part of the curriculum. Activity is ready to go with NO PREP REQUIRED!
This lesson covers both common core concepts as well as Next Generation Science Standards NGSS concepts. Highly engaging, high level thinking activity and lesson. Concepts covered include energy pyramids, consumers, producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, tertiary consumers, energy flow in ecosystems, food webs, food chains, ecology, and ecosystems. High level thinking strategies and differentiated activities allow for different learning styles. Teacher guide, downloadable fonts, and links to additional resources included at no additional cost!
Approximately two class periods in length. As a point of reference I teach a 50 minute class and generally complete this lesson in two days. Please note: In order to protect the large amount of time and energy expended in the development of this lesson the PowerPoint included is protected from editing, this in no way prevents you from downloading and using all the features of the presentation. Created by Mister Science.
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Common Core Standards addressed in this lesson:
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
This standard is met when students compare the definitions of consumers and producers in the text of the PowerPoint and the written text of their definitions and compare them to the foldable models they have created.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) addressed in this lesson:
LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
MS-LS2-3. Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
These standards are met when students use the organism sheet provided along with their knowledge of ecosystems to construct a 3D energy pyramid describing relationships among organisms and energy flow within an ecosystem.
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