Middle Years Program
Unit Cover Sheet
Grade: 10 Subject: Science Unit: Food Chains
Key and Related Concepts
Systems, Environment, Models
Scientific and Technical Innovation
Statement of inquiry
Scientists use models to study ecological systems and understand how humans are affecting their environment.
How does energy and matter flow in an ecosystem?
What is a system?
What is a model?
Should artificial fertilizers be banned?
Content / skills (including AtLs)
Food Chains and webs
Models vs Systems
Energy and matter in ecosystems
Carbon and Nitrogen cycles
Vegetarianism research (D)
Eutrophication Essay (D)
Ecosystems test (A)
a model showing the flow of energy (food) from one organism to the next beginning with a producer (e.g. mahogany tree to caterpillar to song bird to hawk).
a model showing a network of interconnected food chains showing the energy flow through part of an ecosystem
an organism that makes its own organic nutrients, usually using energy from sunlight, through photosynthesis
an organism that gets its energy by feeding on other organisms
an animal that gets its energy by eating plants
an animal that gets its energy by eating other animals
an organism that gets its energy from dead or waste organic matter
a unit containing all of the organisms and their environment interacting together, in a given area e.g. decomposing log or a lake
the position of an organism in a food chain or food web
Teacher’s name: Harrison, Lorimer & King
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