MS-LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems


  • MS-LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Worksheet
    Food Web Worksheet
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    Worksheet
    Students label the plants and animals of a food web and food chains for producer / consumer and either herbivore / carnivore / omnivore. Students then create their own food web using the animals provided.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf
  • MS-LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment Recently Updated
    Carbon Cycle Modeling Lab
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    Lab
    There are four stations where students practice and build the concept that carbon cycles between reservoirs. Each station represents a lesson, and student cycle through the stations to learn from each lesson.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    HS-LS2-5
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • MS-LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment
    Food Webs and Pond Water Lab
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    Lab
    Students are going to construct a food web, identify aquatic organisms, and determine environmental impacts to aquatic ecosystems.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by Tracy Trimpe
  • MS-LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Project
    How Matter & Energy Moves Through The Ecosystem Project
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    Project
    In this carbon cycle project, students will model how a carbon atom makes a round trip from a person through the atmosphere and ecosystem and end finally back in the same person. This carbon cycle project video covers concepts like photosynthesis, consumption, cellular respiration, carbon reservoirs, and the 10% rule for energy flow.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-5
    HS-LS1-7
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • MS-LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Worksheet
    Tracing Energy Through an Ecosystem
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    Worksheet
    In this activity students are reminded of why organisms need to lose carbon atoms: They need to use the chemical energy in organic molecules. All carbon-transforming processes use chemical energy for some cell functions; then lose heat to the environment (this heat is ultimately radiated into outer space). Thus, matter cycles; energy flows in ecosystems.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by CarbonTIME
  • MS-LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment
    Tracing Carbon Through an Ecosystem Lab
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    Lab
    In this activity students shift to following a pulse of 500 carbon atoms through all the carbon pools in an ecosystem, considering the carbon transforming processes (eating, digestion, biosynthesis, photosynthesis, cellular respiration and death/defecation) that move atoms from one pool to another. They see how the pattern they observed in Lesson 2—the organic matter pyramid—emerges from these carbon-transforming processes.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-5
    HS-LS1-7
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by CarbonTIME
  • MS-LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Lab Experiment
    The Carbon Dice Game Lab
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    Lab
    Students play the roles of individual carbon atoms going through carbon-transforming processes in an ecosystem. Key ideas include (a) carbon-transforming processes in individual organisms (eating, digestion, biosynthesis, photosynthesis, cellular respiration and death/defecation) move carbon atoms from one carbon pool to another, (b) carbon atoms visit some pools much more often than others, and (c) the game is a model of how atoms move through ecosystems—like real ecosystems in some ways and unlike it in others.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    HS-LS2-5
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by CarbonTIME
  • MS-LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems Worksheet
    Organic Carbon Pools in Other in Ecosystems Worksheet
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    Worksheet
    Students consider different ecosystems that have different amounts of organic carbon to begin to think about carrying capacity.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS2-4
    MS-LS2-3 (Cycles & Energy Flow)
     
    Published by CarbonTIME

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