Science SC.5.3.2 Describe the interdependent relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem in terms of the cycles of matter.
Use your knowledge of figurative language learned in language arts, or click here for more information, to create a "slogan" using each figurative language style listed below to describe the wetlands at Kealia Pond. You will have seven "slogans" total.
On Monday, you will create a Kealia "boardwalk sign" that will incorporate one or more of your slogans along with the knowledge collected from the current boardwalk signs.
Hawai'ian Wetland Ecosystem
An ecosystem is a system where all the living and nonliving things interact with each other in an environment. Ecosystems of all types throughout the natural world have a variety of organisms, living things, which are interdependent on one another. All of these organisms play an important role as producers, consumers, or decomposers. Producers are green plants and many other organisms, like algae, for example, that collect energy from the sun and use it to make sugars. Consumers are animals and other organisms that get their energy by eating the producers. Decomposers break down the tissues of nonliving producers and consumers. This helps to provide the fertilizers that producers need to grow. This interdependence is also known as the food chain.
The Wetland Food Chain
In a wetland ecosystem, the producers are plants and algae. Wetland consumers can include marine and/or fresh water invertebrates (shrimp, clams), fish, birds, amphibians, and mammals. The wetland decomposers are bacteria and fungi that break down dead organisms.
For a description of an ecosystem, click here.
For information about food chains, click here or here.
- Draw a Hawai'ian wetland ecosystem on an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of white or colored paper. Be sure to include a representation of consumers, producers, and decomposers as well as areas containing water. For example, draw the organisms, plant-life and decomposers in the wetland environment and where they exist.
- Show, using arrows, the food chain amongst the consumer, producers and decomposers.