Prairie Ecosystem

Observe the populations of grass, prairie dogs, ferrets and foxes in a prairie ecosystem. Investigate feeding relationships and determine the food chain. Bar graphs and line graphs show changes in populations over time.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Identify the producer in an ecosystem.
  • Classify consumers as herbivores or carnivores.
  • Investigate the interdependence of the organisms in an ecosystem.
  • Determine what each organism eats based on the results of experiments.
  • Explore the long-term effects of changes to the ecosystem.
VOCABULARY:
  • carnivore, consumer, ecosystem, equilibrium, extinct, food chain, herbivore, organism, population, prairie, producer

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