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UPPER ELEMENTARY  |  SCIENCE

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

Focus
    • 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

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Reconstructing the Owl’s Food Web and Energy Pyramid

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Dissecting Owl Pellets

Recommended Resources

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Extension: Supporting Beneficial Insects in the Ecosystem