5th Grade Science : Model the movement of matter among decomposers

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Movement Of Matter

What is a decomposer in the food chain?

Possible Answers:

A decomposer is responsible for providing energy to tertiary consumers

A decomposer is at the top of the food chain and is an apex predator

A decomposer breaks down organic material

A decomposer eats producers

Correct answer:

A decomposer breaks down organic material

Explanation:

A decomposer is an organism that breaks down organic material. This includes the remains of dead organisms. Bacteria, worms, snails, slugs, and fungi are types of decomposers. All organisms undergo decomposition after death.

Example Question #2 : Movement Of Matter

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What is the role of a decomposer in an ecosystem?

Possible Answers:

Bring nutrients to producers and consumers

Produce oxygen for consumers

To capture the energy of the Sun for plants to make food

Break down dead organisms

Correct answer:

Break down dead organisms

Explanation:

A decomposer is an organism that feeds on and breaks down dead plant or animal matter, making organic nutrients available to the ecosystem. Often a decomposer is a bacterium, fungus, or invertebrate. Decomposers play a critical role in the flow of energy through an ecosystem. Decomposers make vital nutrients available to an ecosystem’s primary producers—usually plants and algae.

Example Question #3 : Movement Of Matter

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What would happen in a food chain if decomposers were removed?

Possible Answers:

Producers would not have enough nutrients, and waste would pile up.

The Sun will direct its energy towards other organisms in the food chain.

Primary consumers will have nothing to eat and starve.

Final consumers will have to start eating producers.

Correct answer:

Producers would not have enough nutrients, and waste would pile up.

Explanation:

If decomposers were removed from a food chain, there would be a break down in the flow of matter and energy. Waste and dead organisms would pile up. Producers would not have enough nutrients because, within the waste and dead organisms, nutrients would not be released back into the ecosystem.

Example Question #4 : Movement Of Matter

How do decomposers assist producers in moving matter in the food chain?

Possible Answers:

Decomposers recycle nutrients back into the soil so that they can be taken up by the roots of plants.

Decomposers distract many of the primary consumers from threatening or eating the producers.

Decomposers attract more sunlight which gives producers the energy they need to make food.

Decomposers do not help producers in any way; in fact, they are harmful to them.

Correct answer:

Decomposers recycle nutrients back into the soil so that they can be taken up by the roots of plants.

Explanation:

Decomposers play a vital role in keeping the food chain functioning properly. As decomposers break down the remains of dead organisms and produce waste, nutrients are recycled back into the soil for producers (plants) to absorb through their roots. Without decomposers, there would be a buildup of debris, remained, and a lack of nutrients in the food chain.

Example Question #5 : Movement Of Matter

If Jessa is making a model of a food chain and needs to include decomposers, what type of organism could she use as an example?

Possible Answers:

Fungi

Bacteria

Worm

All of the choices are correct

Correct answer:

All of the choices are correct

Explanation:

A decomposer is an organism that feeds on and breaks down dead plant or animal matter, making organic nutrients available to the ecosystem. Often a decomposer is a bacterium, fungus, or invertebrate. Decomposers play a critical role in the flow of energy through an ecosystem. Decomposers make vital nutrients available to an ecosystem’s primary producers—usually plants and algae. A worm, bacterium, or fungi would all be acceptable examples of a decomposer.

 

Example Question #6 : Movement Of Matter

Organisms that feed on the remains or waste of other organisms are known as ___________.

Possible Answers:

producers

decomposers

consumers

predators

Correct answer:

decomposers

Explanation:

A decomposer is an organism that feeds on and breaks down dead plant or animal matter, making organic nutrients available to the ecosystem. Often a decomposer is a bacterium, fungus, or invertebrate. Decomposers play a critical role in the flow of energy through an ecosystem. Decomposers make vital nutrients available to an ecosystem’s primary producers—usually plants and algae.

Example Question #7 : Movement Of Matter

Which organism below is an example of a decomposer?

Possible Answers:

Osprey

Oak tree

Plankton

Fungi

Correct answer:

Fungi

Explanation:

Fungi is a decomposer. Decomposers play a vital role in keeping the food chain functioning properly. As decomposers break down the remains of dead organisms and produce waste, nutrients are recycled back into the soil for producers (plants) to absorb through their roots. Without decomposers, there would be a buildup of debris, remained, and a lack of nutrients in the food chain.

Example Question #8 : Movement Of Matter

Composting takes advantage of the natural process of decomposition by

Possible Answers:

releasing harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.

returning energy and nutrients to the environment.

creating clean drinking water for humans, plants, and animals.

decreasing the Earth's temperature.

Correct answer:

returning energy and nutrients to the environment.

Explanation:

Composting is a form of decomposition and takes advantage of the natural bacteria, fungi, and organisms that break down waste. Many people will collect kitchen scraps and debris, let the organic matter break down, and then spread it in gardens or potted plants because it is rich in nutrients. Decomposers play a vital role in keeping the food chain functioning properly. As decomposers break down the remains of dead organisms and produce waste, nutrients are recycled back into the soil for producers (plants) to absorb through their roots. Without decomposers, a buildup of debris remained and a lack of nutrients in the food chain.

Example Question #9 : Movement Of Matter

In the graphic below, a food chain is modeled. The decomposer has been removed from the food chain. Which organism below could be the decomposer in this food chain?

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Possible Answers:

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Correct answer:

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Explanation:

The vulture is a decomposer that could be added to this food chain to complete it. A decomposer is an organism that feeds on and breaks down dead plant or animal matter, making organic nutrients available to the ecosystem. Often a decomposer is a bacterium, fungus, or invertebrate. Decomposers play a critical role in the flow of energy through an ecosystem. Decomposers make vital nutrients available to an ecosystem’s primary producers—usually plants and algae.

Example Question #10 : Movement Of Matter

Which of the following is an example of a 1) decomposer, 2) producer, and 3) a consumer?

Possible Answers:

1) mushroom, 2) rose bush, and 3) palm tree

1) fungi, 2) grass, and 3) cricket

1) osprey, 2) snake, and 3) frog

1) grass, 2) cricket, and 3) vulture

Correct answer:

1) fungi, 2) grass, and 3) cricket

Explanation:

A decomposer is an organism that breaks down organic material. This includes the remains of dead organisms. Bacteria, worms, snails, slugs, and fungi are types of decomposers. All organisms undergo decomposition after death. The correct answer is "1) fungi, 2) grass, and 3) cricket".

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