This primary science resource is just what you need to help your students understand food chains and food webs and practice using related vocabulary.
Here’s what you’ll find inside:
• Vocabulary Foldable – This foldable is perfect for science notebooks. Students cut, paste, and add in definitions for the terms producer, consumer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, predator, prey, food chain, and food web. In my own classroom, I pair this activity with BrainPop Jr.’s food chain video, but you can also provide definitions for your students or have them look them up themselves.
• How Do We Get Energy Cut and Paste – Students will sort living things as consumers or producers.
• Who Eats Who Cut and Paste – Students will sort animals by habitat as predator and prey.
• Safari Time Activity – To prep this activity, print, laminate, cut out, and hide the safari photos provided. Then send your students on a hunt to find them! Students will record the animals found on the recording sheet under the heading carnivore, omnivore, or herbivore. After the scavenger hunt, students will write about the characteristics that might help one of the animals pictured get its food. Just for fun, I’ve also included cameras. Print, laminate, cut, and attach a lanyard or punch holes and add string. Students will love to wear these around their necks as they complete the activity!
• Food Chain Paper Chains – Students will cut out the paper strips and use them to create a paper chain showing the order of the food chain. The final loop in the chain goes through a heading labeling the habitat the food chain is found in. Habitats included are: arctic, coniferous forest, deciduous forest, desert, grassland, marsh, ocean, pond, rain forest, and tundra.
• Rain Forest Food Web Building Activity – As they complete this whole class activity, students will use the provided picture cards and descriptions to build a food web. Twelve animal cards and twelve description cards are provided. To prep this activity, print, laminate, and cut the cards. To begin, pair students by handing out the cards and asking students to find a partner with the matching picture or description. Ask partners to discuss if they think their living thing is a producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer, or tertiary consumer. As they bring their pictures up to the board, tape or magnet them into the appropriate tiers. (These can be adjusted as needed as the activity continues.) Next, ask each group to come up to the board one at a time. As one partner reads the description card, the other should draw arrows to show the food chain connections. (Note that exact connections may not be known and thoughtful inferences are fine.) When the web is complete ask students to write or share observations. You may wish to discuss what might happen if specific pieces were removed from the food web or had a sudden increase in population.
• Food Web Printables – Students will draw arrows to show food web connections among the animals in the grassland and rain forest habitats. Each printable is provided with two different writing prompt options. The first option asks students to write a paragraph about the food web. The second asks students to cross out one living thing in the web and predict what might happen if it were removed from the habitat.
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- Amanda Taylor @ Second Grade Smiles