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This excellent lesson introduces young learners to food webs, food chains, and helps them distinguish between the various players in the food chains. Pupils create and interpret at food web using the Kidspiration software. Some excellent worksheets and activities are embedded in this plan.
Here is a fantastic instructional activity your class is going to love! They get to dissect owl pellets in order to better understand the food chain as well as producers, consumers, and decomposers. They examine several websites, discuss the food chain, dissect owl pellets, draw diagrams, and compose detailed paragraphs describing how the pellets show the food chain in action. A instructional activity full of fun engaging activities and learning opportunities.
Students simulate animals in a food chain. In this food chain lesson plan, students are identified as grasshoppers, frogs or hawks. Popcorn is spread across a lawn and students are given baggies (stomachs) and colored sashes to identify each species. Students try to survive and get enough food without being eaten by predators. Variations occur in the simulation and the results are analyzed to compare the "balance" of the food chain.
Food chains, consumers, and producers are the topic here. Learners must fill in the blanks in order to complete the sentences about food chains. Then, they must complete four examples of food chains, and label them as producers, primary consumers, or secondary comsumers.
Learners take a look at the relationship between organisms in food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids. After an opening demonstration by the teacher, pupils are split up into groups. Each one is assigned an environment such as: ocean, pond, forest, and desert. They construct an energy pyramid for their environment and present it to the class. A very nice example of good group work where everyone gets to learn from each other.
Although written for middle schoolers, there is no reason that a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader could not also learn about food chains through the dissection of owl pellets. After you introduce the topic, learners complete an owl research worksheet by visiting "The Owl Pages" website. Then, give explorers each an owl pellet to disassemble and sort through. The tiny bones are then glued onto an index card. A mentioned transparency of a vole skeleton is not included, but you can easily find one online to display for reference.