Food Webs, Energy Flow, Carbon Cycle, and Trophic Pyramids

The reintroduction of a species to an area doesn't always go as expected. Scholars learn about the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park with a video, reading, and discussion questions. They complete a hands-on activity to create a food web and analyze the changing trophic pyramid and carbon cycle after the wolves returned.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Learn more about the wolves in Yellowstone National Park
Classroom Considerations
  • Prepare the card decks prior to class as preparation may take an hour or more if you include lamination
  • Relies on prior knowledge of cellular respiration and photosynthesis
  • Includes extension ideas for further learning
  • Offers teacher tips and pitfalls to avoid
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