Life Cycle - Natural Environment (KB)
Post Lab 

  • Characterizing producers and consumers.
  • Defining a simple food chain. 
  • food chain
  • producer
  • consumer
  • different pictures of producers and consumers in the classroom 
  • consumer/producer cards

 Students determine if organisms are producers or consumers. 


In order for people to live in harmony with nature, we must understand the delicate and complex biological, physical, and chemical systems that exist in the world we share with all living and non-living things.  The goal of this unit is to make children aware of the intricate balance that exists between all levels of life and more importantly, how any break or change of a "link" will affect the "chain" as a whole, including the human species.

Consumers eat producers, but how can you distinguish the differences between them.  Producers tend to be green because they produce their own food.  They are usually green because they have chlorophyll-A which is used by plants to produce food through photosynthesis.  Consumers are everything else.

  1. Put pictures around the room and have students label them as producers or consumers.  Give each child a few of the consumer/producer cards.   Have the students compare the inside of the classroom with outside.  They will notice that there are more producers outside.  Why is this?  Because the outdoors has natural sunlight that allows producers to produce.  You won't find vegetables growing in a cellar, because there is no sunlight.
  2. After the students have identified different producers and consumers talk about each of the pictures that you may have out and if they are consumers discuss what that animal would eat.  

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