Energy Flow in Ecosystems and Cycling of Matter
Are you covering energy flow in food webs and food chains in your 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th-grade science class?
Energy Flow in Ecosystems
This ecosystem and food chain unit supports the following standards:
NGSS MS LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
NGSS 5.3.2 Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information that animals obtain r from the food they eat for body repair, growth, and motion and to maintain body warmth.
NGSS 5.3.3 Develop and use a model to describe the movement of 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
Utah SEEd 6.4.3 Develop a model to describe the and among living and nonliving parts of an eco
If you use the suggested schedule I include, this ecosystem and food web unit will provide seven days of material!
Food Webs and Food Chains
The set of organisms that pass energy from one trophic level to the next is described as the food chain.
A food web is more accurate than a food chain in recognizing that multiple organisms eat at multiple trophic levels. A food chain describes the passage of energy between trophic levels. A food web is a set of interconnected and overlapping food chains.
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