Food Chain Teacher Resources
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Plankton to Penguins: Antarctic Food Web
A well-written lesson plan, second in a series of four, gets high schoolers exploring how the Antarctic food web is impacted by climate change and the associated melting of polar ice sheets. It begins with a PowerPoint presentation about the polar ecosystem.
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Arctic Food Chain
Explore the food chains that support Arctic ecosystems. A class discussion on interdependence and the different roles plants and animals play in ecosystems provides students with the knowledge to complete a worksheet asking them to create food chains involving a variety of Arctic life.
3rd - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Explore various ecosystems from around the world as your class discovers the interdependence of all living things. Using the provided sets of ecosystem cards, young scientists work in small groups building food webs to demonstrate the relationships between producers and consumers.
2nd - 5th Science
New Review Energy Flow in the Garden
How can you tell what an owl has eaten? Study the food chain and flow of energy in an ecosystem by dissecting an owl pellet and noting the bones found inside. Additionally, the instructional activity includes a game about consumers and producers with a list of many animals and plants.
Study Jams! Food Chains
Rhinozilla is Mia's bearded dragon and the focus of this lesson on energy flow in an ecosystem. She uses him to explain the energy pyramid, from producers through third level consumers, and she likens the food chain to a video game. Mia also classifies organisms as herbivore, carnivore, or decomposer.
3rd - 7th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Breaking the Food Chain
Throughout history, the growth of big cities has resulted in the destruction of ecosystems. In the case of Chicago, IL, a grassland that was once home to bison, deer, wolves, and foxes quickly became a booming city of over three million people.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Importance of Sharks: You Do The Math!
Elementary ecologists examine trophic relationships using a coral reef food pyramid as an example. They play a game applying math skills that ultimately demonstrate the important role of the ever-scary top predator, the shark. This is a instructional activity with cross-curricular applications in science, math, and geography.
3rd - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Carbon Dioxide & Krill: Impacts
What effects do temperature and carbon dioxide levels have on the zooplankton of Antarctica? This concluding instructional activity in a short unit on climate change and the ocean helps environmental scientists answer these questions. After learning about current Antarctic research through the provided slide show, lab groups perform an experiment to see if brine shrimp respond to changes in their environments.
9th - 12th Science
Regions and Habitats
Fourth graders identify the different habitats found in the seven regions of the United States. In this ecology lesson, 4th graders write an essay about how humans affect the ecosystem and vice versa. They discuss how changes on one ecosystem has domino effect on others.
Discovering Local Food Chains
Fourth graders study about food chains. With the assistance of a local biologist, Students hike the school trail system. They explore ecosystem and collect data by charting the organisms found and identifying the energy source. They create a graphic organizer for a local food chain.
Mountain Lions in Arizona Lesson 2: The Lion as Predator - Feast of Plenty
Middle and high schoolers examine the basics of a mountain lion's diet by examining food chains and food webs. Learners are each assigned one of the lion's prey species and they must construct a food chain for this animal. They see how a small change in one part of the ecosystem can lead to a dramatic change for all species.
6th - 12th Science
Dynamics of Ecosystems
A set of guided notes walks your biology or environmental studies learners through the dynamics of ecosystems. They write short answers to questions about the energy budget, food webs, trophic levels, and biogeochemical cycles. One way you could employ this worksheet is to have your class answer the questions as you lecture on these concepts.
9th - 12th Science
Food Webs and Food Chains
Fifth graders examine the circle of life. In this food webs and food chains instructional activity, 5th graders examine the interdependence of organisms in ecosystems as they consider how energy flows through the web or chain. Students create a food web of an ecosystem.
Rainforest Food Chains and Webs
Have your class discuss rainforest food chains using this resource. Learners explore what happens if some part of the food chain is missing and what effect this has on the environment. This lesson provides a great way to motivate your leaners and provide critical-thinking skills.
3rd English Language Arts
How Does an Organism Obtain its Energy?
How energy is passed from one organism to another is the focus of this science lesson. Young scientists discuss how they get the energy they need to live, then take a closer look at food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids in order to gain further understanding of how other organisms obtain what they need to survive.
What's Eating You?
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.
3rd - 5th Science