Energy Flow in the Garden Ecosystem

Students will dissect owl pellets to collect evidence that they will use to reconstruct the owl’s food web and energy pyramid.

Concepts: Food Webs

Essential Questions

  • How does energy flow through an ecosystem?

Standards Addressed

    • S4L1. Students will describe the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.
      • a. Identify the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers in a community.
      • b. Demonstrate the flow of energy through a food web/food chain beginning with sunlight and including producers, consumers, and decomposers..

Explorations in this Collection

Reconstructing the Owl’s Food Web and Energy Pyramid

Reconstructing the Owl’s Food Web and Energy Pyramid

Dissecting Owl Pellets

Dissecting Owl Pellets

Recommended Resources


Extension: Supporting Beneficial Insects in the Ecosystem