Biomass Lesson Plan

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

This lesson will help you teach the concept of biomass. Students will learn to identify the parts of an ecosystem that add to its biomass and place them in a biomass pyramid. This lesson includes a role-playing activity to engage your kinesthetic learners.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define biomass
  • categorize producers and consumers in an ecosystem
  • draw a biomass pyramid for an ecosystem
  • explain why aquatic ecosystems have inverted biomass pyramids

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.7

Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.

Materials Needed

  • Images of ecosystems
  • Image of a food web
  • Picture cards with images of the following: algae, zooplankton, herring, tuna, shark
  • Several plastic tokens
  • Chart paper
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons

Instructions

Review

  • Start the lesson by showing the class a picture of an ecosystem (non-aquatic). Have them point out which parts of the ecosystem are producers and consumers.
  • Display the sample image of a food web and review this type of chart.
  • Lead a discussion that will result in constructing a food web for the ecosystem image shown to the class.

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