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Learning About the Food Chain
Learning about the food chain opens a Pandora's Box of opportunities to learn about endangered animals and the environment.
Activity 1: Please Pass the Energy, Food Webs in the Upper Ocean and Hydrothermal Vent Communities
Middle schoolers create food webs for two different ocean communities. They are given cards showing organisms from the surface of the ocean. They arrange them in order of who eats whom. After this class activity, students create a food web for the hydrothermal vent community they have studied.
The Fishy Food Web of the Flathead
Tenth graders explore the ecosystem of the Flathead Lake to find how organisms interact. In this ecosystem lesson, 10th graders create a food web, graph organisms in the lake, and answer questions about the interactions of living things in Flathead Lake.
Focus on building strong technology skills while teaching basic scientific concepts. Fourth graders work with the school media specialist to research, collect digital images, and create a multimedia presentation on food webs. They connect the food web to ecology and integrate technology to share what they know.
Florida's Food Webs
Fourth graders, after researching a Florida ecosystem, illustrate a food web based on the organisms living in that ecosystem.
Students produce a newspaper covering topics related to food webs. They use print and electronic sources to gather information about specific animals. They share their information with the class.
Food Chains, Food Webs, Biomass Pyramids and Cycle
In this food chains worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle by placing 16 terms into the puzzle that match the clues given. Students review food webs, biomass pyramids, and the water cycle.
Lessons: Food Web
Learners use an interactive web-based food web game to gain familiarity with tropic levels and interactions. They already understand that in an ecosystem there are four basic tropic levels: producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, and tertiary consumers.
The Food Chain
Students define food chains, recognize fossil park food chains and discuss man's impact on food chains. In this food chain lesson, students participate in activities to diagram a food chain and understand the impact of humans on the food chain.
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.
Students describe food cahins and the role of organisms. Using a set of organism cards, they color code the organisms on their cards by their role in the food chain. Once a complete chain is identified, they glue it on a sheet of paper.
Dining Out With Fishes and Birds of the Hudson
The class will make observations to determine how environment has shaped the way particular birds and fish eat. They will view a series of photographs, read two short articles, and then consider how food availability has determined how each bird or fish has evolved in their particular habitat. Included are articles, worksheets, web links, and images for students to explore.
Energy Flow in a Wetland Ecosystem
How is energy transferred within an ecosystem? What would happen to a food web if one of the organisms was removed? Elementary or middle school ecologists examine these questions and more in a comprehensive 5E learning cycle lesson. Through stories, games, a card sort, and a writing assignment, young scientists learn the essential components of food webs in a fun and interesting way. Although most of the links within the lesson are no longer active, many of the necessary resources are included in the appendix. In order to build learner anticipation and reduce your preparation time, each student could be assigned one of the animals in the food web game to research, then create a card for the game; cards could be made a day or two before teaching the lesson. Depending on the age of your learners, you may wish to adjust the writing prompt at the end to address some higher-level thinking concepts.
Recyclers to the Rescue
Producers, consumers, food chains, and plants are the stars of this science lesson. Learners take part in an inquiry which helps them to discover the most effective and efficient way to grow a producer. They have a variety of containers with soil and seeds, and add variables (like fertilizer and worms) to some of the containers in order to change the parameters of the experiment. An excellent lesson!
Dinner at the Reef
Fine dining can happen anywhere, even in the coral reefs. Budding environmentalists explore marine food chains, predator-prey relationships and the importance of a balanced ecosystem. These important concepts are facilitated through a learning game that begins after a discussion about what the kids already know. Note: The game requires learners to move about, so it may be best played outside, in the cafeteria, or in an open room.
New! Food Webs
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.
Food Chains Through Northwest Coast Art
Fourth graders explore the food chain through Northwest Coast Art forms. In this art lesson, 4th graders discuss the food chain of an animal found in the Northwest and create an artwork using the food chain as the basis of their artwork.
Links in a Food Chain
Little ones make costumes and act out a rhyme in which there are daisies, bugs, wrens, snakes, and foxes that all interact in a food web. This would be a memorable activity for primary life scientists to participate in as a wrap-up to a basic ecosystems unit.
Tropical Forest Food Chain
Learners explore the interdependence of the animals and plants in tropical rainforests. They explore the importance of conserving biodiversity and tropical food chains. They create a tropical forest food chain and identify species that live in the Caribbean National Forest.
Impact of Invasive Species on Food Webs and Ecosystems
Fifth graders explore how invasive species affect the Great Lakes. In this science instructional activity, 5th graders research invasive species and create a food chain involving the invasive species. Students discuss how the environment is affected by the invasive species.