Ecosystems

Living and NonLiving Things

What are the Roles of Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers ?

Grade Level: 3-5

Curriculum: Science

Keywords: Ecosystems, Adaptations

Author: J. Marks

Task

S4L1. Students will describe the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.

a. Identify the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers in a community.

b. Demonstrate the flow of energy through a food web/food chain beginning with sunlight and including producers, consumers, and decomposers.

Process

Step 1: Watch the Flocabulary video about food chains at the following website: https://www.flocabulary.com/food-chains/

Step 2: Think/Pair/Share about the Flocabulary video.

Step 3: In your science composition notebook, answer the fill in the blank questions on the Flocabulary video.

Step 4: Watch the Brain Pop Video about ecosystems at the following website: https://www.brainpop.com/science/ecologyandbehavior/ecosystems/preview.weml

Step 5: Copy the graphic organizer into your science composition journal. Then, make notes about each type of consumer that makes them different from each other.

Herbivores

Carnivores

Omnivores


Step 6: Complete your choice of 3 quizzes on the following website: http://a-z-animals.com/quiz/. Screen shot your results pages and print them out.

Step 7: Make a diagram of a food chain and food web. Including Sunlight and Decomposers, randomly select 10 animals from the list provided at the following website: http://a-z-animals.com/animals/. Click on the name of the animals that you select and you will be provided with information about it to help with you with your task.

Evaluation

Evaluation

Rubric

Exemplary 100-90

Proficient 89-80

Moderate 79-70

Insufficient -69

Organization

The work sample in all is excellent in neatness and includes captions and labels

The work sample is neat and includes some captions and labels

The work sample is not very neat and includes minimum captions and labels

The work sample lacks neatness and is presented without captions and labels

Presentation

The works sample includes all colors and is presented with superior penmanship

The work sample includes some colors and is presented with penmanship

The work sample includes few colors and is presented with minimum penmanship

The work sample lacks colors and is presented without penmanship

Information

The work sample includes all relevant facts and descriptions

The work sample includes some relevant facts and descriptions

The work sample includes few relevant facts and descriptions

The work sample lacks relevant facts and descriptions

Conclusion

Conclusion

You have learned about producers, consumers, and decomposers. You should now be able to categorize consumers as herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. Finally, you have demonstrated an understanding of the flow of energy through a food chain and food web. Before you wrap this webquest up, please leave a comment with your thoughts about the webquest.

Thanks, Mr. Marks