Food Chains and Food Webs

6th - 9th

In this biology instructional activity, students read about food chains and food webs. They then answer 4 questions regarding the information they just learned. The answers are on the last page in the packet.

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Plankton to Penguins: Antarctic Food Web

A well-written lesson plan, second in a series of four, gets high schoolers exploring how the Antarctic food web is impacted by climate change and the associated melting of polar ice sheets. It begins with a PowerPoint presentation about the polar ecosystem. Small groups use beads and game cards to model how decreasing sea ice impacts the food web. To close, a class discussion ensues about ocean acidification and what pupils learned from the activity. Be sure to consider using the entire unit in your environmental studies course.

Weave an Aquatic Food Web

Learners explore organisms that are part of interconnected food webs.  In this food web lesson plan, students choose an animal and research what the animal eats.  Learners begin with the food chain and branch out into the interconnected web following the organism chosen.

Food Webs

Students discuss the ways that animals are dependent on plants or other animals for their food. They create a class-sized food web to show how energy is transferred. Each student wears a plant or animal picture and suggests ways to connect into the web by using yarn to show all of the connections.

Wetland Food Webs

Students study life science. In this food webs and food chains comparison lesson, students examine the wetlands to discover the relationships that exist between the animals that live there. They participate in group activities and discussions and also complete independent journal entries. This lesson includes worksheets, vocabulary, and resource information.

Forest Food Web Activity

Pupils gain knowledge of food webs and ecological interconnections in the forest, and place different life forms in their proper place in a food chain. Students appreciate the balance of nature and how humans are affected by extinct animals. They draw a food chain using different colors to show different things that occur.

Tundra Food Chain Relay

Sixth graders identify the different animals that live in the tundra. In this life science 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.

Pond Water Web

Students identify the different organisms in the food web. For this biology lesson, students create food chains using the information on cards. They explain what happens if an organism is removed or added in the web.

What a Web We Weave!

It is always fun to weave a web when studying the relationships in ecosystems! Thirty organism name cards are provided. Divide the class into groups of eight, then give each participant a card and the group a few long strands of yarn. They work together to make connections based on who eats whom. Where this is a classic activity, the name cards are attractive and can be laminated for repeated use.

Interactive Food Webs

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 lesson.

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.

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