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This set is everything you will need to do a food chain activity. There is some prep work, but my students really enjoyed the colorful and real-life images. Below you will find the steps I take to teach this topic. You may want to purchase the book: Who Eats What? Food Chain and Food Webs by Patricia Lauber.
1. Print off colored copies of the habitats and pictures that go along with each of them.
2. Cut out each plant or animal.
3. Laminate so that you can reuse materials every year.
4. Group your desks or tables into 6.
5. Set one habitat at each table or group of desks.
6. Read: Who Eats What? Food Chain and Food Webs by Patricia Lauber.
7. Announce that students will be exploring a variety of plants and animals in their habitats. Pass out one card to each student. Next, have them find the habitats to which they belong. Place any extra cards at the habitat to which they belong.
8. Ask students how they knew they were at the correct habitat.
9. Give students time to read the facts and create food chains with the animals given. Rotate groups accordingly. Students should be recording one food chain per habitat.
10. Once students are finished, pass out the four questions sheet. Give students time to respond.
11. After students have completed the fourth question, show them the short video: How Wolves Change Rivers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q)
12. Pass out the sheet titled: Why is every animal species important to its habitat? Allow students to discuss possible answers with their groups and then give them time to respond independently.
13. There are two sheets that lead into teaching Food Webs that can be done during a different time.