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Life Science: Paradise Island

by Texas Instruments - Simulation Lesson


  • Students will explore a model to understand how matter and energy are transferred among producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem. 
  • Students will explore how the number of organisms in different trophic levels affects the stability of an ecosystem.


  • producer
  • consumer
  • secondary consumer
  • tertiary consumer
  • population
  • community
  • trophic level
  • ecosystem
  • predator
  • prey

About the Lesson

In this lesson, students will use a simulation to explore the transfer of matter and energy among producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem.

As a result, students will:

  • Describe how energy is transferred through an ecosystem.
  • Explain how organisms depend on one another to create a balanced ecosystem.  
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