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Excited About Ecosystems- 5th Graders Share What They've Learned!

In science, the fifth graders' first unit of study was ecosystems. An ecosystem is a community of living organisms and nonliving components of their environment interacting as a system.

Students learned about many different vocabulary words such as, producers, consumers, decomposers, biotic, abiotic, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, predator, prey, population, community, ecologist, estuary, terrestrial, aquatic, photosynthesis, food chain , food web, and many more….please ask any fifth grader for the definition and they should be more than happy to define any of these words for you!

Ecosystems are everywhere; they can be ponds and mud puddles…but what about oceans and forests? Well, they are Biomes. Everyone likes cookies, so we used the analogy of ecosystems are like the chocolate chips in a cookie and Biomes are the cookie itself. We researched the many Biomes around the world and did a project on them. Each student did a flip book on their own Biome. (Arctic Tundra, Tropical Rainforest, Deciduous Forest, Desert, Prairie, Swamp…just to name a few) I hope you enjoy the pictures we included!

Some student quotes about the Ecosystem Unit were as follows….

“I learned that animals protect themselves and what consumers and producers are. I also learned where they lived and the environment of the decomposers.”

“I learned about the different Ecosystems and their environments and how organisms interact in a community. I also learned about what they eat, and all about herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.”

“I learned that there are many different types of biomes in different parts of the world and if you just take a second to stop, you can see all different types of food chains, animals, and nonliving things.”

Written by: Tiffany McKinney, 5th grade teacher/Photos courtesy of Henry McGee, 5th grade teacher
Posted: Oct 09, 2014 by Kimberly Kovach

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