Food Chain Teacher Resources
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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.
Students investigate the dietary habits of animals by creating a food web. In this food chain lesson, students research the animals commonly eaten by panthers in the wild. Students create a large food web poster using Clip Art and images from the Internet.
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.
Students 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.
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.
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.
Students 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.
Students investigate how all links in the food chain are related. In this animal habitat lesson, students hypothesize about what would happen in the food chain if an endangered species were to become extinct. This lesson also includes an interdisciplinary math page with simple addition and subtraction math fact families.
Fourth graders explore the concept of food webs. In this food web lesson, 4th graders compare and contrast food webs and food chains. Students write persuasive essays regarding endangered animals and food webs.
Students study food webs and its importance in an ecosystem. In this ecosystem lesson, students make a list of things they would needed to create a biosphere for living animals on the moon. Students receive organism cards and make food chains for related, paired organisms. Students switch cards and repeat the activity. Students finish with a 3-2-1 analysis of the activity.
Students build a food chain and demonstrate how energy flows through the chain. Students complete activities and the worksheets that accompany them.
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.
Pupils investigate the concepts that are related to the balance of an ecosystem. They take part in activities that illustrate the delicate balance that exists between producers and consumers in an ecosystem. Students define the difference between a food chain and food web.
Students identify species and components of a Great Lakes food web. Using note cards, they place themselves in the correct order of the food chain based on the species present. They discuss what they believe happens to various species over time.
Fourth graders investigate food chains. They review cycles and discuss ecosystems. They select an environment and create a food chain in small groups. They write their food chain and label it for the class to evaluate. They create food webs of the foods they have eaten.
Learners explore the elements of a forest ecosystem. They examine the elements needed to form a forest food web. Students construct and describe food webs that include nonliving elements of the ecosystem.
Second graders study a specific food chain, acorn-squirrel-coyote, and organisms that are producers, herbivores or carnivores. They act out the roles of different organisms in the food chain. They study the affects of removing carnivores and plants from the food chain.