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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.
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.
For this energy transfer and food chains worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer about the relationship between the sun, producers, first order consumers, second order consumers and third order consumers.
Students investigate the food webs in the Barnegat Bay. For this organisms lesson, students use a graphic organizer to illustrate the types of consumers in the bay. Students use reference books to continue to research the animals found in the Barnegat Bay.
Sixth graders identify the different animals that live in the tundra. In this life science lesson, 6th graders explain the role of each component in the food web. They discuss possible effects if nonliving components of the tundra were changed.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Students explore the concept of life science vocabulary.  In this vocabulary lesson, students are introduced to new food chain and food web vocabulary.  Students practice stating the definitions for the words in their own words. 
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Learners 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. Learners identify food chain vocabulary terms such as "omnivore" and "carnivore" before conducting a class food chain game which all students participate in.
Fourth graders generalize that all animals, including people, depend on plants as a food source. In this science lesson plan, 4th graders describe and construct a food chain, tell how pesticides enter the food chain, and discuss possible consequences of pesticides entering the food chain.
Students investigate a rainforest food chain. For this ecology lesson, students are shown pictures of plants and list what animals might eat the plants. Students continue to think of what other animals might eat those animals. Students are introduced to vocabulary associated with food chains. Students create a rainforest food chain using KidPix.

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