Lesson Plan

"Create a Community"              Environment: 4-6th Grade     

Students in the Pine Rockland habitat


Communities are made of different plants and animals that all play an important role. Plants are producers that make their own food through a process called photosynthesis. Consumers are animals that eat the plants (herbivores) or other animals (carnivores) or both (omnivores). Decomposers cause decay and return nutrients to the earth. This activity will enable students to distinguish between producers, consumers, and decomposers.


Our "What's Happening to our Environment" unit is broken into six lesson plans, each taking from 20 minutes to several class periods to complete, and targeted mainly at fourth through sixth grade students. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit, though some lessons do refer to one another and are better done in sequence. However, each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources.

Additional Resources



Community, producer, consumer, decomposer, food chain, food web, habitat