What is a Decomposer? - Definition & Examples


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In the environment, how is the role of a decomposer different from that of a scavenger?

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1. Identify the decomposer.


A known amount of waste is allowed to decompose in four different regions of the earth.

Choose the country where the rate of decomposition will be fastest.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of decomposers. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include understanding the role of decomposers in the environment as well as identifying a manmade creation brought about by our knowledge of decomposers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Role of a decomposer in the environment
  • Decomposer example
  • Important role for decomposers in the soil
  • One food that is created through the use of decomposers
  • Manmade creation due to our understanding of decomposers

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet can be used to practice these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on decomposers
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about a manmade creation that requires the help of decomposers in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a food that is made by using a decomposer
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the role of decomposers in the soil and environment

Additional Learning

You can find out a lot more about the significance of decomposers by checking out the associated lesson called What Is a Decomposer? - Definition & Examples. This lesson will:

  • Tell the function of decomposers in the soil and environment
  • Differentiate between producers and consumers
  • Identify at least three examples of decomposers from the lesson
  • Explain the difference between a decomposer and a scavenger
  • Name three food items created with the help of decomposers
  • Detail ways humans are harnessing the power of decomposers to clean up the environment