Energy in the Ecosystem

Grades 3-5


In this program, we discuss the abiotic and biotic components of ecosystems with an emphasis on photosynthesis and the important role plants play. Students learn about diets, food chains/webs, energy transfer, adaptations, habitats and environmental changes through discussion and activities. Students explore the interactions and survival skills of organisms living in different habitats. We incorporated models and live plant and animal specimens throughout the program. Includes exploratory walks and outdoor activity, weather permitting.

Program Details


Program length: 90 minutes

Minimum: 10 Maximum: 50

Program length: 120 minutes
Minimum: 51 Maximum: 100

Chaperones required: 1 chaperone per 15 students
Cost: $4.50 per person

Next Generation Science Standards


ESS2.E Biogeology (K-ESS2-2)
ESS3.A Natural Resources (K-ESS3-1, 4-ESS3-1)
ESS3.C Human impacts on Earth systems (K-ESS3-3)
LS1.C Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms (K-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1)
LS2.A Interdependent relationships in ecosystems (5-LS2-1)
LS2.B Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems (5-LS2-1)
LS2.C Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience (3-LS4-4)
LS4.C Adaptation (3-LS4-3)
LS4.D Biodiversity and humans (3-LS4-4)
PS3.D Energy in chemical processes and everyday life (5-PS3-1)
ESTS1.B Developing possible solutions

Maryland Environmental Literacy Curriculum


Standard 3: Topic A, Indicator 1; Topic C, Indicator 1
Standard 4: Topics A-E, All Indicators
Standard 5: Topic A, Indicators 1 and 2
Standard 6: Topic A, Indicator 1; Topic B, Indicator 1
Standard 7: Topic A, Indicator 1