Forest Ecosystem


Observe and manipulate the populations of four creatures (trees, deer, bears, and mushrooms) in a forest. Investigate the feeding relationships (food web) in the forest. Determine which creatures are producers, consumers, and decomposers. Pictographs and line graphs show changes in populations over time.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand the role each type (consumer, producer, decomposer) of creature plays in the carbon cycle.
  • Determine the feeding dependencies in a forest ecosystem.
  • Determine which consumers are decomposers.
  • Interpret pictographs and line graphs.

VOCABULARY:

  • consumer, decomposer, inorganic, organic, population, producer

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