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The objective of this lesson is have students understand the meaning of matter and how it moves into, out of and within the sagebrush ecosystem among plants, animals, insects, decomposers and the environment. They will be given the opportunity to create a model demonstrating understanding of the different trophic levels and how matter moves between these layers through exploration, acting, application, and synthesis work. They will investigate how all species are connected, as well as explore the idea that the removal of one can species can affect the whole system. Students will create a deeper understanding of the interconnected relationships that exist within the sagebrush landscape.
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Fisher, Paige L.; Houseal, Ana K.; Tuthill, Dorothy; and Shim, Jenna, "Lesson 5: Food Webs in the Sagebrush Ecosystem" (2016). 5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition. 8.