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Students 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.
Third graders discuss producers, consumers, and the food chain. In this producers and consumers 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.
Fourth graders explore relationships among organisms involved in ocean food chains to investigate interdependence of the organisms.
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 instructional activity.
Third graders examine the difference between a food web and food chain. They also examine the importance of the sun in a food web and food chain. Students understand what happens when you remove parts of the chain.
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.
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.
Students discuss the concept of a food chain in the California ecosystem. in this food chain lesson, students look at different cards and sort them into herbivores, carnivores, decomposers, and omnivores. Then they use these cards to create several food chains. 
Have your class discuss rainforest food chains using this resource. Learners explore what happens if some part of the food chain is missing and what effect this has on the environment. This lesson provides a great way to motivate your leaners and provide critical-thinking skills.
Students explore food chains. In this ecosystem lesson, students discover how plants and animals rely on each other for survival. Students research the rocky shore ecosystem and create a skit representing the ecosystem.
Second graders engage in activities that show energy-food cycle. They draw their favorite food. They classify carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. They role-play animals/plants to sort out what is eaten and by what. They create a web that shows food chain.
Fourth graders study food chains, producers, consumers, and decomposers. They play a food chain game and create food chain mobiles or posters. They take a nature hike around the school and observe various parts of a food chain.
Students develop a flow chart using computer software to show a food chain combination.  In this food chain lesson, students are first read The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry, then they create a story map of the story.  Next, students participate in a class discussion, and create a three-page report about interdependence using computer software.
Students identify predator/prey relationships based on the food web of the tropical rain forest ecosystem and realize they need a food web for survival. In this food web lesson plan, students complete a role play activity being animals in the rain forest.
Learners investigate a rainforest food chain. In this ecology instructional activity, students are shown pictures of plants and list what animals might eat the plants. Learners continue to think of what other animals might eat those animals. Students are introduced to vocabulary associated with food chains. Learners create a rainforest food chain using KidPix.
Students construct a food web representative of the Gulf of California. They use pictures to depict all of the organisms in the appropriate level of the web (producer, primary consumer, etc.)
Fifth graders dissect owl pellets to find different animal bones in order to discuss the food chain. In this food chain lesson plan, 5th graders partner with another students and search for traces of other animal bones inside owl pellets.
Learners model the food chain. In this lesson, students play a game resembling checkers that simulates the food chain within the ocean. Learners make changes to the game to better represent how the food chain operates.

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