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Decomposers Get Energy From Dead Things

When life gives you mold, make penicillin. Scholars design an inquiry experiment to determine what causes rotting and mold growth. It also covers decomposers and the important role they play for other living things. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research the different decomposers that live in various ecosystems
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires prior knowledge from previous lesson in the series
  • Lesson lasts 12 days with some days lasting just a few minutes
  • Materials needed include a refrigerator and dehydrated fruit without preservatives
  • Be aware of all food allergies
  • Lesson is the fifth in a series of seven
Pros

  • Provides ideas for accommodations and extensions
  • Contains discussion questions and ideal answers
  • Offers many tips to facilitate the lesson
Cons

  • None
Common Core

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  • Biology - Educator Guide
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