Lesson 3: Engineer

In The Engineer, students will:

Use their knowledge of the food web to design a solution that reduces the amount of waste your cafeteria sends to the local landfill.

Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment (5-LS2-1).
Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun (5-PS3-1).
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem MS-LS2-1).
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems (MS-LS2-2).
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem (MS-LS2-3).
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations (MS-LS2-4).
Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services (MS-LS2-5).

Time Required: 150 minutes