PrairieEcosystemSE - Name Date Student Exploration Prairie Ecosystem Vocabulary carnivore consumer ecosystem equilibrium extinct food chain herbivore

PrairieEcosystemSE - Name Date Student Exploration Prairie...

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Name: ______________________________________ Date: ________________________ Student Exploration: Prairie Ecosystem Vocabulary: carnivore, consumer, ecosystem, equilibrium, extinct, food chain, herbivore, organism, population, prairie, producer Prior Knowledge Questions (Do these BEFORE using the Gizmo .) An ecosystem consists of all organisms (living things) in an area, plus the natural landscape. A prairie is flat or gently rolling grassland with few trees, such as in parts of central United States and Canada. Organisms often found in a prairie ecosystem include prairie dogs, swift foxes, black-footed ferrets, and of course the grass itself. 1. Which organism ( grass, prairie dog, ferret, or fox) do you think is a producer (does not depend on other organisms for its food)? ___________________ 2. Organisms that depend on other organisms for food are consumers . Which consumer you think is a herbivore (eats plants only)? Prairie Dog 3. Which consumers are carnivores (eat meat)? __ Swift Fox__ and __ Black-footed ferret__ Gizmo Warm-up: Life on the Prairie 1. The population of prairie dogs is all the prairie dogs living in the village. In the Gizmo, what are the starting numbers of Grass: 4,000 Tons Prairie dogs: 25,000 Ferrets: 80 Foxes: 10 2. Click Advance year 10 times. On the DATA tab, look at the Bar graph and the Line graph . Do the populations change very much, or are they in equilibrium (stable)? Explain.
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