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Here is an extremely simplistic look at food chains and webs. It depicts three different food chains, each containing a plant, plant eater, and meat-eater. Learners fill in the missing part of each chain by using the images provided at the bottom of the page. Note: One must assume that all humans heat meat to correctly complete the worksheet.
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.
Students investigate the effects of the food chain on all animals by creating a food web. In this seafood lesson, students discuss energy flow and research a specific marine organism of their choice. Students create a food web in their classroom using the a ball of yarn and representing their chosen organism.
Students explore our ecosystem by researching animal eating habits. In this food chain lesson, students identify the links between predator and prey and the energy that passes between organisms based on what their diet consists of. Students identify food chain vocabulary terms such as "omnivore" and "carnivore" before conducting a class food chain game which all students participate in.
Students to the book, Life in a Pond, then discuss the food chain and create a food chain mobile. On one strip of paper students draw and label a pond plant, on another a tadpole, on another a fish and on the last a person.
Take a field trip to observe Koalas, absolutely! Budding scientists become familiar with the Koala's position in the food chain. They answer questions based on what they see and draw a food chain explaining the Koalas position. Tip: A lesson like this can be associated with any animal common to your local area.
Middle and high schoolers examine the basics of a mountain lion's diet by examining food chains and food webs. Learners are each assigned one of the lion's prey species and they must construct a food chain for this animal. They see how a small change in one part of the ecosystem can lead to a dramatic change for all species. Fabulous!
Students define marine food webs. In this marine food web lesson, students explain why food is scarce in deep-ocean environments. They discuss how Orange Roughy are able to obtain sufficient food in a deep-ocean environment.
Students explore the cycle of how each living thing gets food. For this food chain unit, students participate in four lesson plans that highlight animal vocabulary, habitats, and the role of humans in our ecosystem. Students demonstrate what they have learned through drawing, discussion, and the completion of included handouts.
Students study food chains and how the organisms are linked. In this investigative activity students answer food chain questions, and fill out several worksheets.
Students create their own food chains on Kidspiration starting from the energy of the sun and what it creates. In this food chains lesson plan, students learn about how insects eat plants and so on.
Students create a bulletin board display illustrating food chains they make from a list of ocean organisms. Students also play a game showing what happens when one of the organisms is removed from the food chain and how they are all interdependent on one another.
Learners investigate the concept of an ecosystem and how they are interconnected according to a hierarchy. Students are exposed to the "Lion King" as an example of a food chain and this is very relevant. They answer several key questions from class discussion.
Second graders examine how food chains interact with different plants and animals. They practice using new vocabulary. They also discover the role of pesticides in the environment.
Learners investigate how food chains work. In this food chains lesson, students construct a food web for a pear tree habitat. The interactive whiteboard is an optional tool in this lesson.
Sixth graders study the effect of pollution in our food chains. In this plant biology lesson plan, 6th graders first experiment with pollution by placing a carnation in colored water. Next they use a food chain triangle to see the concept of "bioaccumulation" and how a polluted plant leads to a polluted human being.
Students study food chains. In this science instructional activity, students realize that a food chain starts with a plant and draw food webs showing the feeding relationship in a habitat.
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.
Sixth graders discuss and describe consumers and producers. They discuss and describe predator-prey relationship. Students review food chains. They form a circle, and each student is given an ecosystem card. Student at the top is given the end of the ball of red yarn to the animal at the top of the food chain.
Second graders examine how a food chain functions. They define what a food chain is, and act out a food chain with the students acting as different animals. Students then sing the song "I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," and create a food chain pyramid using paper cubes.