September, October and November Standard Focus
This season, we begin by diving into the world of decomposers, an imperative piece of all food chains as we study fungi, bacteria and most important, invertebrates: WORMS! We will get to compare real red wigglers to tasty gummi worms as we learn how to write a formal lab report. We also get to set up our worm compost bin and predict how the FBI will grow!
Our food chain and ecosystem study will continue with an in depth look at the world of both bats and owls! We will enjoy a few new songs, playing “predator or prey” and ecosystem stations. Look forward to an owl pellet “dissection”, bat discovery and, perhaps, a field trip!
Our NGSS this season is:
“The food of almost any kind of animal can be traced
back to plants.
Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for
food and other animals eat the animals that eat plants. Some organisms, such as fungi and bacteria, break down dead organisms (both plants or plants parts and animals) and therefore operate as “decomposers.”
Decomposition eventually restores (recycles) some materials back to
the soil. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their
particular needs are met. A healthy ecosystem is one in which multiple
species of different types are each able to meet their needs in a
relatively stable web of life. Newly introduced species can damage the
balance of an ecosystem. (5-LS2-1)”
“Matter cycles between the air and soil and among plants, animals, and microbes as these organisms live and die. Organisms obtain gases, and water, from the environment, and release waste matter (gas, liquid, or solid) back into the environment. (5-LS2-1)”