Ecosystems: Energy Pyramids

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  • HW: Create an accurate food web for an area (ocean, grassland, forest, tropical jungle, desert) with at least ten organisms from that ecosystem. Text only is acceptable but illustrations are welcomed.

  • CW: Energy Pyramids (Practice Problems) Handout

  • DN: How is energy used?

  • EQ: Where does energy go as it moves up trophic levels?

Resources

Energy Pyramids (Practice Problems) Handout

 
 

Lesson Outline

5min Students complete the Do Now by answering the question in their notebook.

5min> Introduction to Energy Pyramid lesson.

5min Teacher walks students through first energy pyramid problem (see video above).

5min Class completes the second problem together.

10min Teacher introduces the next two problems, students complete independently.

5min Discussion on meat-eating Gore-Killas vs the vegetarian Gore-Killas populations. Students write paragraph explaining why the populations differ.

5min Students are assigned an ecosystem and create a food web with ten organisms.

5min Collect materials. Clean up. Wrap up.

Ecosystems: Energy & Trophic Levels Notes (Day 2 of 2)

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  • CW/HW: Paragraph summary and margin questions (in notebook).

  • DN: What are the levels or organization in an ecosystem?

  • EQ: Where does energy go as it moves up trophic levels?

  • Note: Finish engineering project tomorrow, Thursday, after school.

Resources

 
 

Lesson Outline

5min Students complete the Do Now by answering the question in their notebook.

10min Ecosystem Vocabulary Quiz

15min Finish Ecosystem: Trophic Levels notes.

10min Class develops an idea map. Students use the idea map to write their paragraph summaries. Students share summaries.

5min Students write and share margin questions.

5min Collect materials. Clean up. Wrap up.

Ecosystems: Energy & Trophic Levels Notes (Day 1 of 2)

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  • CW/HW: 10 Flashcards on vocabulary terms (community, biotic, primary consumer, etc.).

  • DN: What is a producer? A decomposer?

  • EQ: Where does energy go as it moves up trophic levels?

  • Note: Finish engineering project this Wednesday lunch & after school or Thursday after school.

Resources

 
 

Lesson Outline

5min Students complete the Do Now by answering the question in their notebook.

15min Oreo Challenge Activity.

15min Continue Ecosystem: Trophic Levels notes.

5min Work on Flashcards.

5min Collect materials. Clean up. Wrap up.