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Educator Guide: Energy in the Ecosystem: Energy in the Ecosystem Educator Guide

Energy in the Ecosystem

Tips to Come Prepared

Before you visit the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC) with your class:

  • Read the Essential Questions (p. 1) and Connections to Standards (p. 2) to decide how you want to link your curriculum with your field trip
  • Complete the Pre-Visit Lesson (p. 3) with your class activating student interest and engagement
  • Come to GESC ready to engage and learn with our experiential, hands-on field trip program, Energy in the Ecosystem

Library Finds

Exciting Ecology Facts!

  • Adult tigers eat approximately 40 pounds of fresh meat in one sitting. Talk about carnivores!
  • Mushrooms are excellent decomposers. In addition to decomposing organic matter, they can break down pesticides, paint, plastic, and petroleum.
  • In Antarctica, shrimp-like animals called krill are a vital part of the food web because the vast majority of the region’s consumers feed on them. Krill are considered a keystone species because without them the food web would fall apart.

Essential Questions

  • What is ecology?
  • How does energy flow through an ecosystem?
  • What are the four types of consumers?
  • Why do scientists study ecology?

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Energy in the Ecosystem

Connections to Standards

Grade 6: Unit 3: Ecosystems

Sixth Grade

MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms in a variety of ecosystems.
MS-LS2-3. Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.