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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 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.
Students explore food webs by participating in a scavenger hunt activity. In this plant identification lesson plan, 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.
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.
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.
Students investigate the food webs in the Barnegat Bay. In this organisms instructional activity, 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.
Students investigate hunters and prey by creating a food web. In this animal life instructional activity, 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.