This hands-on activity helps students in grades 3-5 put their new knowledge about food chains and food webs into practice. It also explores interdependent relationships in ecosystems as part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
This activity is part of Project Learning Tree's new e-unit on Energy in Ecosytems for grades 3-5, so be sure to check out the full curriculum!
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Our lives depend on an interconnected web of interactions, although we may not always be aware of it. We need ecosystems for energy and oxygen, among many other things. Project Learning Tree's Energy in Ecosystems e-unit provides activities and resources to help students understand the interactions in ecosystems, with a specific focus on forest ecosystems.
Get students excited about science through hands-on activities, rather than simply memorizing facts.
Meets NGSS Standards
The e-units are constructed around targeted performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Use activities as stand-alone investigations, or move through all the e-unit activities from beginning to end.
This unit is designed as an introduction to ecosystems and some of the ways that organisms interact within ecosystems.
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