This lesson follows the 5E model of instruction containing five phases of learning (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate). It provides a carefully planned sequence of instruction that places students at the center of learning. It encourages all students to explore, construct understanding of scientific concepts, and relate those understandings to phenomena or engineering problems.
During this STEAM lesson for Grade 5, students will gain an understanding of how energy travels through a food chain and an ecosystem. They will recognize the importance of sunlight to an ecosystem, and integrate and exhibit learning by creating a model ecosystem to simulate how energy is transferred, starting with the Sun.
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