Energy in Ecosystems Construct a Forest Food Web Energy Pyramid Activity

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Elevation Science
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6th - 8th
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  1. Engaging real-world food web activity! Students construct their own FOREST and/or OCEAN food webs using provided organism pictures and information. They follow up their food web construction by adding the organisms to an energy pyramid and answering analysis questions.This set of 2 allows students t
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Engaging energy flow in ecosystems activity! Students construct their own real-world FOREST food web using provided organism pictures and information. They follow up their food web construction by adding the organisms to an energy pyramid and answering analysis questions.

When we do this activity, we give students the choice between constructing this forest food web OR completing the same assignment with our OCEAN food web organisms. Get them together HERE at a discount!

To complete this activity, students will need prior knowledge of the following terms: food web, food chain, energy pyramid, heterotroph, autotroph, carnivore, omnivore, and herbivore.

This resource includes:

  • 11 Bio cards and line drawings for forest ecosystem organisms
  • Instructions for constructing a food web
  • Blank energy pyramid for students to complete based on their food web
  • Worksheet with follow-up analysis questions

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  • Answer key included.
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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).
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. Emphasis is on predicting consistent patterns of interactions in different ecosystems in terms of the relationships among and between organisms and abiotic components of ecosystems. Examples of types of interactions could include competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial.
Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. Examples of changes in ecosystem conditions could include modest biological or physical changes, such as moderate hunting or a seasonal flood; and, extreme changes, such as volcanic eruption or sea level rise.


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