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.


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


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

Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.