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Pupils 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.
Pupils explain that food chains overlap to form a web of multiple energy paths. They create a model of a food web.
Seventh graders cut and paste animal pictures to create a food web and trace the path of energy. They write a paragraph explaining the importance of photosynthesis in all food webs.
Fifth graders investigate food chains. In this animal science lesson, 5th graders role play the experience of living on a remote island. Students are given picture cards with an animal or plant and decide what eats what. Students draw a diagram of the food chain.
Third graders discuss producers, consumers, and the food chain. In this producers and consumers instructional activity, 3rd graders talk about organisms, the food chain, and the difference between producers and consumers. They complete review worksheets which are not included, and a homework assignment. They write down what they eat for supper and put the items in the food chain.
Learners identify the parts of a basic food chain including; source, producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer, decomposer. They independently draw and label a food chain making sure they have included the basic parts.
Young scholars play a game called "Food Chain Leap Frog" to discover the importance of each component in a food chain. They each wear a picture of the sun, animals or plants and discuss the role of each in the food chain. They role play the component on the card and must find another component they interact with to leap over in the game.
Fourth graders explore relationships among organisms involved in ocean food chains to investigate interdependence of the organisms.
Students explore food webs by participating in a scavenger hunt activity. In this plant identification lesson, students discuss the types of plants and food that grow on their campus and the animals that eat them. Students create a food web based on the food in their school and later complete a food scavenger hunt around their campus.
Introduce the concept of food webs and chain reactions. Students explore a series of provided web sites and work collaboratively to complete an activity and worksheet. This is a supplemental activity to reinforce a larger lesson plan.
How many of us can say they've seen a Pacific walrus? Not many and one of the reasons is the impact of climate change on their aquatic environment. Children get to think about the food web of the Bering Sea by creating an actual web with animal cards and a ball of yarn, after they see how all animals and plants of the sea environment are connected, they discuss what would happen if one or more of the animals were to become extinct. The web would start to break down and all animals would be affected. They research ways to protect a declining walrus population.
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.
Engage learners with a lesson on the flow of energy through the food chain, producers, consumers, decomposers, and the interconnectedness of natural systems. They watch a series of videos showing the decomposition process through composting, participate in a composting play, and discuss liquid and solid waste. The class then creates a mini-composting bin which they will use and observe over a series of days or weeks. The lesson includes tons of great links!
Students are explained that they are spending the next few days researching an organism in preparation for a field trip. They are shown an overhead of the Field Guide. Students discuss what habitat means. They use their organism to create a diagram of the life cycle.
Students participate in a variety of activities to investigate the concept of soil. The goal is for them to make connections within the food web that are directly connected to the soil in some way. They play the Soil Yarn Game with a ball of yarn creating a web. The game creates engagement for younger students.
Fifth graders examine the forest ecosystem. In this ecosystem lesson, 5th graders identify animals and plants living in the environment and construct a diagram. Students discuss the impact on the food web if select animals and/or plants are removed.
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!
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.
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.