Circle of Life

1 Class Period

Two campers laying on a deck together.


Students will learn about food webs, about cause, effect, and adaptation in our local ecosystems, and about population growth and decline, all through a game that they will play across the property.

Educational Standards


Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.


Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.


Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.


Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.


Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.


Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

NGSS 5-PS3-1:

Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.

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