This Food Chain poster is designed to aide students in understanding that energy is transferred from one thing to another in a food chain. All energy comes from the Sun, to the producers (plants), then to different levels of consumers. Once the animals die, they are decomposed and the nutrients that are in their bodies are returned to the soil. The process begins all over again.
The Texas TEK (5.9B) is listed within the poster inlcuding if the TEK is a Readiness or Supporting Standard. The verb and nouns are highlighted in a color other than black.
Students should be read the TEK before the lesson begins. The teacher and the students should discuss the TEK; the students need to understand that the verb is what they have to do once the teacher is finished with the lesson. The nouns include, but are not limited to, the vocabulary contained within the lesson.
Once I created the poster, I used a poster maker to blow-up the original size (8.5 x 11) to a true poster size document. I hung the Food Chain poster at the front of my class and used this method as the ENGAGE part of my lesson. I allowed students to use the poster as a "cheat" throughout the lesson. Once I was finished with the unit, I took the Food Chain poster down to begin a new unit.
This poster is successful if the teacher constantly references the information contained within the poster. From my experience in the classroom, the students LOVED the visuals and retained information better when I referenced the information on the poster.