An Ocean of Energy

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Young biologists trace the path of the sun's energy through marine ecosystems in the second part of this four-lesson series. Building on prior knowledge about producers, consumers, and decomposers students are introduced to the concept of biomass as they create pyramids that model the flow of energy through Earth's saltwater worlds.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Plug this lesson series into a life science unit on ecosystems
  • Extend learning by having children draw comparisons between marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Conserve class time by assigning the "Energy Flow and Matter Cycling" worksheet as a homework exercise 
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson can be adapted to meet the abilities of children across the upper-elementary and middle school grades
  • Though intended to be taught over the course of two 45-minute periods, the lesson could be adapted to fit your class schedule
  • A PowerPoint presentation clearly explains the concepts of food chains, food webs, and energy flow using colorful graphics and images
  • An answer key is included for each of the student worksheets
  • A teacher reference document is provided with background information and tips for teaching this entire unit
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