Energy in the Ecosystem

Grades 3-5

In this program, we discuss the abiotic and biotic components of the ecosystems with an emphasis on photosynthesis and the important role plants play. Students learn about diets, food chains/webs, energy transfer, adaptations, habitats and environmental changes through discussion and activities. Students explore the interactions and survival of organisms living in different habitats. We incorporated models and live plant and animal specimens throughout the program. Weather permitting there may be an exploratory walk.

Program Details

Program length: 90 minutes

Minimum: 10 Maximum: 50

Program length: 120 minutes

Minimum: 51 Maximum: 100

Chaperones required: 1 chaperone per 15 students

Cost: $4.50 per person

Next Generation Science Standards

ESS2.E  Biogeology (K-ESS2-2)

ESS3.A  Natural Resources (K-ESS3-1, 4-ESS3-1)

ESS3.C  Human impacts on Earth systems (K-ESS3-3)

LS1.C  Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms (K-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1)

LS2.A  Interdependent relationships in ecosystems (5-LS2-1)

LS2.B  Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems (5-LS2-1)

LS2.C  Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience (3-LS4-4)

LS4.C  Adaptation (3-LS4-3)

LS4.D  Biodiversity and humans (3-LS4-4)

PS3.D  Energy in chemical processes and everyday life (5-PS3-1)

ESTS1.B Developing possible solutions

Maryland Environmental Literacy Curriculum

Standard 3: Topic A, Indicator 1; Topic C, Indicator 1

Standard 4: Topics A-E, All Indicators

Standard 5: Topic A, Indicators 1 and 2

Standard 6: Topic A, Indicator 1; Topic B, Indicator 1

Standard 7: Topic A, Indicator 1