Fifth grade students in Texas are expected to describe how energy moves through an ecosystem. This topic ties closely with food chains, food webs, and many other key vocabulary terms. This somewhat abstract concept may difficult for some students to visualize right away.
Give students an opportunity to wrestle with this information with these four reflection questions about energy. These are designed to be completed in groups but can easily be used for independent work or homework.
--What factors affect a producer's ability to make the food it needs to survive?
--If decomposers disappeared from an ecosystem, how would the ecosystem be impacted?