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5th grade ecosystem vocabulary

5th grade ecosystem vocabulary
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individual
a single organism in an environment
population
individuals of the same kind living in an environment
ecosystem
a community and its physical environment
habitat
the place a population lives in an ecosystem
niche
the role of a population in a habitat
producers
plants, they pass on the energy they capture from the sun in the form of living tissue
consumers
all organisms in the ecosystem that must eat to get the energy they need
food chain
shows how the consumers in an ecosystem are connected to one another according to what they eat
decomposers
consumers that break down the tissues of dead organisms such as mushrooms and bacteria
energy pyramid
shows the amount of energy available to pass from one level of a food chain to the next
competition
organisms engage in this type of "contest" for resources
symbiosis
a long-term relationship between two different organisms
instinct
a behavior that an organism inherits
learned behavior
behaviors learned from parents, not inherited from them
exotic
organisms that are nonnative to an area
extinct
when the last individual in the population dies, and the organism is gone forever
endangered
when an organism has a population so small that they are likely to become extinct
threatened
organisms likely to become endangered if not protected