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Ecosystem Food Web Unit For NGSS LS2


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Do you want to give your students some interesting activities on Food Webs? Students will make a model by building food webs and food chains to show the energy flow within an ecosystem! Students will love sorting these 72 food web cards and will love the food web worksheets. See more about how energy flows in an ecosystem.

This resource includes:

  • Slideshow on how energy moves through an ecosystem
  • Lesson plans
  • Vocabulary puzzle activities
  • Food Web worksheets
  • Answer keys
  • Sorting Cards
  • Task Cards
  • Assessment

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I absolutely loved this resource. My students worked individually to come up with a web, then we put the web they liked best on the board. There are several options available to create models and work to meet the standards for NGSS.

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Just love the way the author really ties to the standard and has it so well planned out. The suggested schedule is really great. No busy work here. This is a rich standards-based unit. Just what I have come to expect from this author.

Students will learn that energy flows through an ecosystem and that we can make a model of this transfer of energy by creating food chains and food webs.

The task cards include six tasks:

  • Sorting Type of Organism
  • Sorting Trophic Level
  • Sorting herbivores, carnivores, omnivores
  • Building a model of energy flow in a Food Web
  • Building a model of energy flow in a Food Chain
  • Making a Food Web and Labeling the Parts

Reference Notes are provided so students can research what each organism eats.

This resource also includes a two-page assessment in a multiple-choice format quiz.

This ecosystem resource is great for practicing the concept of energy flow in an ecosystem, food webs, and food chains. Students will see the interconnectedness and relationships between organisms within a food web. The ecosystem worksheets are also helpful.

Students will use the following Science concepts and practices:

  • Making a Model
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
  • Food web
  • Food chain
  • The movement of matter among plants, animals decomposers in the environment.
  • Using models to describe the movement of energy along the food chain
  • Ecosystem

The following NGSS standards are addressed:

NGSS 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

NGSS 5-PS3-1 Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, and motion and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.

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.

Utah SEEd 5.3.2 Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information that animals obtain energy and matter from the food they eat for body repair, growth, and motion and to maintain body warmth.

Utah SEEd 5.3.3 Develop and use a model to describe the movement of matter 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 cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.  Emphasize food webs and the role of producers, consumers, and decomposers in various ecosystems.

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