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Food Webs and Food Chains
Fifth graders examine the circle of life. In this food webs and food chains lesson, 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.
Food Webs and Food Chains
Fifth graders are engaged in a variety of experiences to help them understand simple food webs and food chains. Opportunities are also provided for them to internalize the role different organisms play in food chains and food webs and how energy flows in an ecosystem.
Students identify producers and consumers, including scavengers and decomposers, and discuss role each plays in food web. They then make diagram of possible food chain that might include skull pictured on Montana's quarter, and participate in scavenger hunt.
Weave an Aquatic Food Web
Learners explore organisms that are part of interconnected food webs. In this food web lesson, students choose an animal and research what the animal eats. Learners begin with the food chain and branch out into the interconnected web following the organism chosen.
Field Trip to the Watsonville Wetlands
Learners explore the differences between food webs and food chains. In this wetland lesson students play a food web game and go on a scavenger hunt.
The Owl's Pellet
Here is a fantastic lesson 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 lesson full of fun engaging activities and learning opportunities.
New! 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. Small groups use beads and game cards to model how decreasing sea ice impacts the food web. To close, a class discussion ensues about ocean acidification and what pupils learned from the activity. Be sure to consider using the entire unit in your environmental studies course.
Food Chains & Food Webs
Tenth graders examine how energy is lost through different trophic levels. In this trophism lesson students construct a food web and view a video.
5 Step Food Chain Lesson
Have your class discuss food chains using this resource. Learners watch a presentation on the food chain and how we are dependent on the smallest life forms. They write newspaper articles and create an illustration describing the food chain.
Prairie Food Chains & Webs
Students complete a food chain. In this ecosystem instructional activity, students learn about producers, consumers and decomposers. Students identify herbivores, carnivores and omnivores and complete two worksheets.
Striking a Balance
Students simulate animals in a food chain. For 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.
The Balance of a Food Chain
Students analyze the hierarchy of predators and prey. In this food chain instructional activity, students discover the different elements in a food chain by illustrating a predator and the prey it would seek. Students explain their artwork choices to the class.
Food Chains: Integrating Science and Reading
Using a high interest science topic, like the food chain, can get students excited about reading, math, and more! A multitue of wonderful ideas that have cross-curricular connections.
Something Fishy - Bioaccumulation of Mercury
High schoolers explore the dangers of eating high levels of mercury and how small amounts of mercury in water accumulate in greater quantities in organisms higher in the food chain. They list the health of effects of high levels of mercury on humans.
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.
Owls: Top of a Food Chain
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.
Food Chain of the Animal Kingdom
Investigate the animal food chain with an art project. Learners discover how the animals work together to form the food chain by creative artistic representations that describe the new concept.
Arctic Food Web
Students research animals found in the arctic. They discuss what living things need in order to survive and where they get their food. Students discuss the difference between producers and consumers and create a food web for animals in the arctic.
Popol Vuh and Food Chains
Fourth graders retell Popol Vuh story in sequence, making parallels between Popol Vuh and food chain, demonstrate intermediate skill in use of basic tools and artmaking process while using Codex to communicate ideas from story, perform improvisational theatrical game, and create machine that shows how food chain works. Four lessons on one page.