From this crossword puzzle, students will: (1) describe the different levels of organization that ecologists study; (2) describe the two main forms of energy that power living systems; (3) describe the flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem; and (4) state the proportion of energy that is transferred from one trophic level to the next.
Words used include: community, ecosystem, producer, autotroph, consumer, heterotroph, photosynthesis, chemosynthesis, herbivore , carnivore, omnivore, detritivore, food chain, food web, trophic level, decomposer, ecological pyramid, energy pyramid, biomass pyramid, and pyramid of numbers. These words are listed in the second spreadsheet but can be deleted.
This crossword puzzle is in Microsoft Excel format. If you decide to print it for hard copy use, then in Print Settings select “Landscape Orientation” and “Fit Sheet on One Page.” However, students who have access to a computer or tablet can electronically complete the puzzle in Excel. Completing it directly in Excel allows for easy corrections to be made and eliminates any messy mistakes. Students may also submit their completed puzzle to you electronically.
The preview shows the completed puzzle, so it is the answer key.
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