Understanding Food Chains and Food Webs

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Jump into an exploration of marine ecosystems with the first lesson plan in this four-part series. After first learning about crustaceans, mollusks, and other forms of sea life, young marine biologists view a PowerPoint presentation that introduces them to food chains and food webs, and the roles that producers, consumers, and decomposers play in maintaining the flow of energy in these underwater communities.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Allow the class time to research the terms on the "Marine Organisms Vocabulary" page using the Internet, encyclopedias, or other printed resources before discussing them as a whole class
  • Provide the class with pictures of different types of sea life to use when creating food chains and food webs
Classroom Considerations

  • This lesson is designed to take three 45-minute sessions, but it can be adjusted to fit your own class schedule
  • Content material can be adapted to meet the learning needs of students across the upper-elementary and middle school grade levels
Pros

  • Lesson provides a list of key vocabulary with definitions
  • PowerPoint presentation includes clear and colorful graphics and images
  • A three-question exit ticket is provided for assessing student learning
  • An overview of the entire unit provides teachers with background information and tips for teaching about marine ecosystems
Cons

  • None