Sun: The Ultimate Energy Source | Juan Cabrillo

Today, at Juan Cabrillo, we talked about where our energy originates. Beginning with the sun, we drew a sequence of images that lead to us (humans).

SUN (source of energy) –> PLANTS (producers) –> INSECTS (primary consumer) –> LIZARD (secondary consumer) –> BIRD (tertiary consumer) –> HUMAN (quaternary consumer)

The students were really surprised that humans eat birds. But then realized that turkey and chicken are poultry 😀

We alluded to ecosystems and how everything in nature needs each other. We determined, according to our chart, that it takes five steps for energy from the sun to reach us.

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So then we went to the garden to find two steps of the food chain in the garden.

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Here the sun is giving the basil energy and the plant is producing food for the moth. Another example is the featured image above 🙂