Ecosystems and Food Webs - Abiotic and Biotic Factors - Energy and Matter

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This ecosystem unit includes engaging lessons, nonfiction articles, interactive notebook flaps, and a CLOSE Reading activity. Students will learn about trophic levels, predator-prey relationships, energy flow, abiotic and biotic factors in an ecosystem and interdependent relationships. This resource uses phenomena and includes a quiz in the format of end of year testing. Parts of this resource can be used as a Distance Learning Packet.

Perfect for Earth Day and Environmental Awareness!

If you are looking to give your students reading comprehension passages and questions, this is a great resource!

Aligned with NGSS and Utah SEEd

This resource is designed to address the Disciplinary Core Ideas for NGSS Ecosystem: Interactions, Energy, and dynamics.

5-PS3-1. Use models to describe that energy in animals’

food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to

maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.

Also aligns with Utah SEEd 5th Grade

5.3.2 Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information that animals obtain energy and matter from the food they eat for body repair, growth, and motion and to maintain body warmth. Emphasize that the energy used by animals was once energy from the Sun. Cellular respiration will be taught in Grades 6 through

5.3.3 Develop and use a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. Emphasize that matter cycles between the air and soil and among plants, animals, and microbes as these organisms live and die. Examples could include simple food chains from ecosystems such as deserts or oceans or diagrams of decomposers returning the matter to the environment.

And Utah SEEd 6.4.4  Construct an argument supported by evidence that the stability of populations is affected by changes to an ecosystem.  Emphasize how changes to living and nonliving components in an ecosystem affect populations in that ecosystem. 

Integrates CCSS for Reading Informational Text and Utah Core ELA Reading Informational Text Standards for 5th Grade

Science Concepts Addressed:


Food Chains

Food Webs

Flow of Energy







Predator/Prey Relationships


Trophic Levels



Biotic Factors

Abiotic Factors

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