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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.
Students identify the main concepts and ideas of the nitrogen cycle. They review key concepts covered up to this point in ecology including food chains, food webs, energy pyramids, and bio-geochemical cycles.
Weaving the Web
Students build a food chain and demonstrate how energy flows through the chain. Students complete activities and the worksheets that accompany them.
Food Chains and Food Webs
Fourth graders study intertidal organisms and their role in the food web. In this food web lesson, 4th graders read the book The Sea That Feeds Us and discuss food webs. Students study pictures of intertidal creatures and discuss their role in the food web. Students are assigned a sea creature and connect them with yarn to illustrate a food chain. Students study the roles in the food web and sing a related song.
Energy Transfer and Food Chains
In this energy transfer and food chains activity, students complete a graphic organizer about the relationship between the sun, producers, first order consumers, second order consumers and third order consumers.
Creating a Food Web
Students investigate hunters and prey by creating a food web. In this animal life lesson, students investigate a single organism in preparation for a field trip, discovering its diet and habitat. Students each discuss their animal with the class and create a food web using yarn to connect to each other.
Food Webs in the Barnegat Bay
Young scholars investigate the food webs in the Barnegat Bay. In this organisms lesson, students use a graphic organizer to illustrate the types of consumers in the bay. Young scholars use reference books to continue to research the animals found in the Barnegat Bay.
Tundra Food Chain Relay
Sixth graders identify the different animals that live in the tundra. In this life science instructional activity, 6th graders explain the role of each component in the food web. They discuss possible effects if nonliving components of the tundra were changed.
Rainforest Food Chains and Webs
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 instructional activity provides a great way to motivate your leaners and provide critical-thinking skills.
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.
Food Web Mobile
Students explain the main concepts of food webs and food chains. They describe the role of animals, plants, and other organisms in cycling energy and matter through a food web by creating mobiles. Lesson contains adaptations for all levels.
Rocky Shore Food Web Drama
Students explore food chains. For 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.
Food Chains & Webs
Fourth graders examine roles of animals in food chain, explore roles of humans, plants, and animals in ecosystem, create their own food webs, and role play producers, consumers, and decomposers.
The Circle of Life: Food Chain
Students develop a flow chart using computer software to show a food chain combination. For 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.
Vocabulary 3a: Food Chains and Food Webs
Learners explore the concept of life science vocabulary. In this vocabulary lesson, students are introduced to new food chain and food web vocabulary. Learners practice stating the definitions for the words in their own words.
Ocean Life Food Web
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.
Food Chain Checkers
Students model the food chain. In this lesson, students play a game resembling checkers that simulates the food chain within the ocean. Students make changes to the game to better represent how the food chain operates.
Food Webs in a Pond
Students explore food chains and food webs in a pond and identify common creatures found in ponds. They look for tadpoles, fish, mites and other creatures in a pond during a field trip for first hand research.