Lesson 05 – How Do Plants, Animals, and People Get Energy?

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Read About How Plants, Animals, and People Get Energy


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Beef is the meat from a cow.

Energy is the ability to do work or to make something move or change in some way.

How Do Plants, Animals, and People Get Energy?

Plants get energy from the Sun. They use the energy in sunlight to make food for themselves. Food gives the plant energy to grow.

People and animals cannot get energy from sunlight. Plants contain energy from the Sun. People and animals can eat plants to get energy.

Many people and some animals get energy from eating meat. Meat comes from animals. For example, people eat beef which comes from cows. Cows contain energy they got from eating plants such as grass. The grass got energy from sunlight. All of this energy started out as the energy in sunlight.

A hawk eats snakes. Snakes do not eat plants, but they do eat small animals that eat plants. Look at how the energy that starts as sunlight gets to the hawk.

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