Lesson Plan

Living & Non-living Interactions

student examines a snail
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Subject:
Ecology
National/State Standards:
Utah State Science Core Curriculum Topic, Standard Two: Students will understand that organisms depend on living and non-living things in their environment.
Keywords:
interactions, food chain, nutrient cycle, predator, prey, ecosystems

Overview

Students examine the interaction of elements of the food chain - producers, consumers and decomposers - through dioramas and art projects in the classroom. In the field, a story and an active game reinforce predator-prey relationships. Students examine decomposers and their vital role in the nutrient cycle, then they investigate energy loss in the high desert food chain.