Name one type of ecosystem.
An ecosystem is a community of living things that interact with each other and their environment. Each ecosystem has its own food web, energy flow, and nutrient cycle. Changes in one part of an ecosystem can impact other parts in unpredictable ways.
Ecosystems: Interconnected Communities of Life
Ecosystem: An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system. Biodiversity: Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on Earth, encompassing all species of plants, animals, and microorganisms and the ecosystems of which they are a part. Habitat: A habitat is an ecological or environmental area that is inhabited by a particular species of animal, plant, or other type of organism.
There are over 8.7 million species that inhabit Earth’s ecosystems, and the majority of them remain undiscovered. The largest living structure on the planet is the Great Barrier Reef, an ecosystem composed of over 600 types of coral. The smallest ecosystem is the bromeliad which is a type of tropical plant that is only found in the rainforests of Central and South America.
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Would you rather have the ability to photosynthesize like a plant or have the ability to hibernate like a bear?
- Photosynthesize like a plant
- Hibernate like a bear
What are the key components of an ecosystem?
How does human activity affect the balance of an ecosystem?
What steps can be taken to help protect and preserve ecosystems?
'Biodiversity' refers to what within an ecosystem?
- The number of predators within it
- The variety of different species that exist within it
- The amount of oxygen produced by plants
Brain break: Draw a tiny bird wearing a top hat and carrying a suitcase
Which of the following best describes an ecosystem?
- A single surviving organism in a habitat
- A community of living and non-living things interacting with each other
- A group of organisms with similar characteristics
Food webs describe how energy and nutrients move through an ecosystem. They show the relationships between producers, consumers, and decomposers. Food webs can show what happens when a species is removed from an ecosystem.
What are Food Webs?
What is the primary source of energy in most ecosystems?
Draw a food web. Start with an apex predator. Draw which organisms it eats, then what organisms the prey eats, and so on. Draw arrows from the PREY to the PREDATOR. Arrows represent ENERGY FLOW, not who eats who.
What do we call organisms that produce their own food through photosynthesis?
Work together in pairs: What is the difference between a producer and a consumer in an ecosystem?
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