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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.
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.
Students discuss the characteristics of producers, consumers and decomposers. Using a flow chart, they construct a food chain to visually show how organisms with different energy sources depend upon one another. Students explore a model of a food web and discuss characteristics of each consumer.
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.
Tenth graders examine how energy is lost through different trophic levels.  In this trophism activity students construct a food web and view a video. 
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.
Students complete a food chain. In this ecosystem lesson, students learn about producers, consumers and decomposers. Students identify herbivores, carnivores and omnivores and complete two worksheets.
Students use art work to demonstrate their understanding of the insect food chain and their ability to camouflage themselves. In this insect food chain and camouflage lesson, students determine what type of animals feed on insects. They make a water-color picture that will be used with the cut-outs to show how an insect can be camouflaged in their surroundings.
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. To reinforce their understanding, consider allowing time for groups to share their work with the class. As an extension, remove an organism from each group's ecosystem and have them predict what changes they would expect to see.

New Review 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. To further engage students in the lesson, consider assigning each child an Arctic plant or animal and having the class arrange and rearrange themselves into food chains. This resource would fit perfectly into a unit investigating the different types of ecosystems found around the world.
Students investigate hunters and prey by creating a food web.  In this animal life lesson, students investigate a single organism in preparation for a field trip, discovering its diet and habitat.  Students each discuss their animal with the class and create a food web using yarn to connect to each other.
Students analyze the hierarchy of predators and prey.  In this food chain lesson, 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.
Students research an animal to define its food web and life cycle. In this animal life cycle lesson, students research an animal and define its food web. Students then present their animal food webs to the class and note other animals in the same web. Students combine their animals by connecting with each other using a length of yarn. Students answer discussion questions about their animals.
Young scholars make food webs for Arctic animals. In this Arctic animal lesson, students examine basic food chains and attempt to write a human food chain. They complete a worksheet called the Arctic Food Web using classroom resource materials.
Young scholars 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.
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.
A disgusting and direct description of detritus and decomposition is digested in this drill! Your life science class learns about the importance of decomposers in the food chain and finds out how one organism's trash is another organism's treasure! 
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. 
Ninth graders complete a unit of lessons on ecosystems, organism interactions, and energy flow. They create a key for known species of fish, diagram the movement of energy through an ecosystem, and create and present food chains and food webs.
Middle schoolers consider the interdependency of life in a temperate forest by studying selected organisms from an Asian temperate forest and creating a food web.

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