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Use models to describe that energy in animals' food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.

 
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What is an Ecosystem?

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will research several sources to answer the question, "What is an ecosystem?" At the end of today's lesson, students will compile their research in a class idea web.

 
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team definitions of an ecosystem
   

Producers, Consumers, & Decomposers

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students research the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers within an ecosystem. Then, students apply this understanding by identifying the roles of organisms within the Yellowstone National Park ecosystem.

 
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Constructing Ecosystem Models

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will attach two large plastic bottles to create a ecocolumn, with an aquarium ecosystem in the bottom bottle and a terrarium ecosystem in the top bottle.

 
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Day One of Joey's Plant Lab

5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete Discovers What Matters in Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete Discovers What Matters in Ecosystems
Amy Miller
Lynden, WA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

What materials are absolutely necessary in order for plants to grow? Students construct hydroponic systems and set up a treatment to investigate the effects of sunlight and no-sunlight on plant leaves.

 
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Food Webs

5th Grade Science » Unit: Transfer of Energy and Matter Through Organisms in an Ecosystem
5th Grade Science » Unit: Transfer of Energy and Matter Through Organisms in an Ecosystem
Jennifer Sallas
Boynton Beach, FL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students will determine which animals live in various ecosystems, then create a poster of a food web for one of the given ecosystems.

 
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Bacteria, Protists, & Fungi Kingdoms

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will learn about the characteristics of living organisms and their categories. Then, students will delve deeper into four of the kingdoms by studying the roles of bacteria (archaebacteria & eubacteria), protists, and fungi.

 
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Study of Environmental Issues: Water Pollution

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students continue creating a big book on environmental issues. Today, they explore water pollution by researching the problem, causes, impact, and the steps humans can take help protect the environment.

 
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Abiotic & Biotic Factors in Ecosystems

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will be examining how the biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) factors are interacting within the aquarium portion of their ecocolumns models.

 
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Abiotic & Biotic Factors in the Yellowstone Ecosystem

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will now apply their understanding of abiotic and biotic factors to a larger and naturally occurring ecosystem, Yellowstone National Park.

 
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Study of Environmental Issues: Overfishing

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students begin creating a big book on environmental issues. Today, they explore overfishing by researching the problem, causes, impact, and the steps humans can take help protect the environment.

 
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How do Animals Obtain Energy?

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will use multiple resources to research how animals obtain energy. Teams will use their research to construct and share posters with their classmates.

 
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Solar Energy Experiment: Light Transferred to Heat

5th Grade Science » Unit: Transfer of Energy and Matter Through Organisms in an Ecosystem
5th Grade Science » Unit: Transfer of Energy and Matter Through Organisms in an Ecosystem
Jennifer Sallas
Boynton Beach, FL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students conduct an experiment testing how various colors absorb different amounts of light by measuring the amount of heat energy created.

 
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Yellowstone National Park Food Chains

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students research the specific roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers within the Yellowstone ecosystem. Then, students use this information to create and describe food chain models.

 
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students making food chains
   

Environmental Issues: Global Warming

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students continue creating a big book on environmental issues. Today, they explore global warming by researching the problem, causes, impact, and the steps humans can take help protect the environment.

 
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Day 2-Food Webs...Moving Matter in an Ecosystem

5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems and Interactions
5th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems and Interactions
Carrie Boyden
Fitchburg, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students will build a food web diagram and illustrate the movement of matter through a series of food chains.

 
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