No study of ecology is complete without comprehensive lessons on food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids. This 9-page activity will ensure that your biology or life science students master these important concepts in ecology.
Perfect for students in grades 6 - 10.
What is included in this product?
• 9-Page Student Worksheet consisting of 50 questions
• Colorful diagrams and illustrations
• 3-Pages of pictures to use in cut and paste activities
• Critical thinking and problem solving activities
• 9-Page teacher guide with tips and complete answer key.
PLEASE NOTE: This food chain/food web activity is included in my money-saving bundle "Ecosystems: Energy Flow and the Recycling of Matter Unit Bundle." Click this link to view the bundle.
What concepts are covered?
• Producers and consumers: Students will define terms and provide examples of producers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and decomposers.
• Students will complete a "cut and paste" activity where they sort 15 organisms into the following categories: producers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and decomposers.
• Food Chains: Given a diagram of a food chain, students will answer a series of critical thinking and problem solving questions. Students will identify the producer, the primary consumer, the secondary consumer, the tertiary consumer and the quaternary consumer.
• The importance of decomposers in the food chain.
• Students will sort 24 organisms into 6 different food chains: Ocean, woodland, salt marsh, arctic, desert, and freshwater pond. Students must place the organism in the correct food chain and in the correct order.
• Food Webs: Students will use a diagram of a food web to answer a series of questions.
• The difference between food chains and food webs.
• Detritivores and decomposers.
• Autotrophs and heterotrophs.
• Students will design a complex food web by cutting and pasting 15 different organisms into a freshwater pond ecosystem. The student will connect the organisms by drawing arrows between them.
• Energy Flow Through the Ecosystem: Students will read a short passage and answer higher level thinking questions.
• Students will use a diagram of an energy pyramid and answer a series of questions.
• Trophic levels, energy transfer, energy loss.
• Students will calculate how many Calories of energy are passed to each trophic level.
• Students will draw and design a food pyramid of their choice.
This is a NO PREP activity. Everything you need is included. You only have to duplicate the pages and pass them out to your students.
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