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Grade 6-8

Energy Flow and Trophic Levels: Consumers

by Ellie B. | Science

6 Lessons 7:54
  1. 1. Introduction 0:34
  2. 2. Energy Flow 0:51
  3. 3. Herbivores 0:41
  4. 4. Omnivores 0:51
  5. 5. Carnivores/Apex Predators 0:37
  6. 6. Experiment 4:20

Grade 6-8


NGSS Standards

About the course

We are all vital parts of the Trophic Pyramid, or Energy Pyramid. Examine the remaining levels of the pyramid: consumers! Grasp the three categories of consumers and how they get energy from producers.

Understand energy flow by examining every part of the food chain from decomposers and consumers to producers.


Energy Beans


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  • Eco
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Chain
  • Trophic Pyramid

Recommended Materials

  • 100 Dried beans (or beads, buttons, etc.)
  • 11 Cups
  • Paper
  • Pencil


Ellie (they/them) is a Brooklyn-based performer and teaching artist. Ellie graduated from NYU with a BFA in Drama with minors in Applied Theatre and Linguistics. Ellie is also an environmentalist and forager, and they strive to lead a low-waste lifestyle.

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