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Great Lakes Food Web
Learners 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.
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.
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.
Arctic Food Web
Students 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.
Forest Food Web
Students 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.
Students, in groups, create a model of food chains to create a food web.
Insect Food Chain & Camouflage
Students use art work to demonstrate their understanding of the insect food chain and their ability to camouflage themselves. For 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.
Food Chain Acorn-Squirrel-Coyote
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.
Weave a Food Web
Young scholars explain that food chains overlap to form a web of multiple energy paths. They create a model of a food web.
Food Web Follies
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.
In this chemistry instructional activity, students watch a movie about food chains and use it to respond to each of the questions stated. They use the list of works in the word banks to assist them in matching the correct term to its description.
What Are Food Chains?
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.
Producers, Consumers, and the Food Chain
Third graders discuss producers, consumers, and the food chain. In this producers and consumers lesson, 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.
Students 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.
Students 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.
Oceanography: Understanding the Relationship Among Ocean Food Chains
Fourth graders explore relationships among organisms involved in ocean food chains to investigate interdependence of the organisms.
Constructing Schoolyard Ecosystems and Food Webs
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.
Interactive Food Webs
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.
Students explore key terms, including food web and food chain. They discuss Arctic plants and animals, devise at least three Arctic food chains and create a food web showing connections among Arctic life.
Life in an Ecosystem
Students classify living things according to their characteristics and functions. They observe living things grow, move, use food, and adapt to changes around them. As the students work through the subtasks in this unit, they make connections between the natural and human effects on living species.