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6th Grade Science / Lesson 2 - Living Things in a Community

Living Things in a Community
What will we be learning today?


  • In this lesson, we are going to learn all about how living things function in a community.


What Is the Function of Living Things in a Community?


  • Many populations can live in the same area because each kind of living thing has a certain function in the community. For example, one function of a barn cat in a farm community is to eat mice and other rodents.


What a living thing eats, when it eats, and where it eats are also part of its function. The way a living thing reproduces and raises its young is also part of its function.


You've learned that organisms interact with each other in communities. But how do they interact with nonliving things in their environment? Nonliving things include soil, water, and air. Fish depend on water for getting oxygen and for moving. Air carries pollen from one plant to another so that seeds can be made.


These relationships form an ecosystem. An ecosystem is made up of the living and nonliving things in an area interacting with each other.


Let's Review What We Learned Today!


  • Now go watch the movie "Ecosystems" and then complete your worksheet!!