Energy Pyramid Poster

Lesson #10138

Create your own Energy Pyramid!

Grade Level:
3-5, 6-8

As students discuss energy needs of living things, they realize that all organisms in an environment interact with each other either directly or indirectly through a network of food chains known as a food web. Students review the roles of producers, consumers and decomposers and the order of energy flow within an ecosystem. Further exploration of various order consumers and classification as herbivore, carnivore or omnivore demonstrates the diversity of living things. Such knowledge prepares students for analysis of ecosystems and determination of existing food webs in a given area.

Use this science manipulative to recreate the Energy Pyramid and review its parts with a partner or independently. 

29313-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Energy Pyramid - Large

Supplies Used: Cardstock, Construction Paper, Pens or Pencils (Colored), Scissors, Tape (Double-Sided)

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut the Energy Pyramid from various colors of cardstock or construction paper.
  2. Keep one shape whole and cut away highlights from other colors.
  3. Layer and adhere to embellish.
  4. Attach the Pyramid and components to a piece of cardstock or construction paper. Mat the paper if desired.
  5. Label the parts of the Pyramid (see Main Photo).

Science: Life Science

  • As a result of activities in Grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of behavior, populations in ecosystems and adaptations of organisms.

Source: National Science Education Standards

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

5-8 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • Students use subjects, themes and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

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