Energy in Ecosystems for Middle School: Ecology Lesson 4

Mike in the Middle School
Grade Levels
6th - 7th
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The movement of energy and matter within an ecosystem is an important concept for middle school students. This 32 page lesson file provides a rich, editable presentation, recorded lesson presentation, scribble notes, guided notes, lesson project and a digital interactive notebook file to help students learn these concepts. Download or share digital assignments through Google Drive, or simply use the printable files. The lesson begins with a simple bell ringer guessing the traits of a mystery animal. From there, students can use an incomplete outline or coloring notes to follow along with the discussion. After the initial instruction, students practice their concepts through print or digital interactive notebook activities. In addition, a food web drawing project is included that allows students to link various food chains. This lesson is designed and tested for a mainstream middle school science classroom of 24 students meeting daily for 40 minutes. The teacher will find lesson materials for direct instruction, reinforcement and homework. The recorded lesson can be used as a flipped lesson or for makeup work.

Please note, this lesson is part of my Ecosystems and Interactions for Middle School Bundle.

Other Lessons in this Series

Ecology Lesson 1: Ecosystems

Ecology Lesson 2: Organism Traits

Ecology Lesson 3: Population Traits

Ecology Lesson 4: Energy Flow

Ecology Lesson 5: Biomes

Topic Covered in this 40 Minute Lesson


Food Chain

Trophic Level

Primary Producers

Primary Consumers

Secondary Consumers

Tertiary Consumers

Apex Predator

Food Webs

Energy Pyramids

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Editable lesson presentation link via Google Drive

Notetaking outline

Scribble Notes

Digital Interactive Notebook Page

Detailed lesson plans

Food Web Project

Recorded Lesson Video

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Ecology Bell Ringer

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Ecology Field Lab for Middle School

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Total Pages
31 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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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).


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