Food Chains and Food Webs Activity | Printable and Digital | Distance Learning

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7th - 10th, Homeschool
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In this 9-page activity, students will explore food chains, food webs, energy pyramids, and all the vocabulary terms associated with these concepts. I have included this activity in a traditional printable format as well as a paperless digital format for use in Google Drive, Google Classroom, and/or Microsoft OneDrive.

This resource includes:

  • Editable and Printable 9-Page Student Handout (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, suggestions, and complete answer key.
  • Paperless Digital Version with drag and drop images for use in Google Drive, Google Classroom, and/or Microsoft OneDrive.
  • Teacher User Guide for Google Apps

This resource is perfect for distance learning and for students in 1:1 classrooms.

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Perfect for students in grades 7 - 10.

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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Total Pages
21 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem. Emphasis is on using a mathematical model of stored energy in biomass to describe the transfer of energy from one trophic level to another and that matter and energy are conserved as matter cycles and energy flows through ecosystems. Emphasis is on atoms and molecules such as carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen being conserved as they move through an ecosystem. Assessment is limited to proportional reasoning to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. Emphasis is on describing the conservation of matter and flow of energy into and out of various ecosystems, and on defining the boundaries of the system. Assessment does not include the use of chemical reactions to describe the processes.
Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.
Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.


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