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Animal Scat and Food Chains


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This lesson focuses on the interaction between living species in an ecosystem, particularly dialing in on food chains. After reading the story page or viewing the video, participants will read a short passage about different roles within a food chain and create food chains that include producers and consumers. Following the food chain activity, you and your family are challenged to think about the influence that humans have on the plants and animals near home and to reach out to experts in your area about management of such species.

 

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Concepts and Outcomes

Concepts

  • All living organisms get their energy from a source that originates from the sun.
  • Energy is transferred from one living organism to another.
  • Plants, animals, humans, and non-living things are all part of the ecosystems that we interact with.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the differences between producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem.
  • Create a food chain model that includes a producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer, and tertiary consumer.
  • Inspect their neighborhood and consider what influence humans may be having on the plants and animals in the area.

MN State Standards Addressed

5th Grade English Language Arts Standards

5.2.4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

5.2.10.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

5.3.0.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

5th Grade Science Standards

5P.3.1.1.2 Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, and motion and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun. (P: 2, CC: 5, CI: PS3) Examples of models may include diagrams, and flow charts.

5L.4.1.2.1 Evaluate the merit of a solution to a problem caused by changes in plant and animal populations as a result of environmental changes.

 

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