Food Web Lab Station Activity

Grade Levels
9th - 10th
Resource Type
Formats Included
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15 pages
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In this food web activity, students will move around the classroom reading cards about different organisms that inhabit the salt marsh ecosystem. Students will jot down notes on how each organism obtains energy from reading the cards. QR codes are incorporated into some of the stations to allow students to easily access videos onto their personal devices to see examples of how some of the organism obtain energy. Links to all sources are included, in addition to the QR codes, for students who choose to work on a laptop. Students will use their research notes to create a food web for the salt marsh ecosystem. They will then use their food web to answer five analysis questions. This is a great activity to use after teaching your students about ways organisms obtain energy, food webs, and trophic pyramids, or before starting a unit on photosynthesis or cellular respiration so that students have a big picture for how energy flows on the ecosystem level, prior to seeing how it flows on a biochemical level.

*NOTE* Do not purchase if you have already purchased my Energy Flow Unit or my Biology Complete Curriculum Bundle because you already have this product!

How can I use this?

      • Real world application to reinforce concepts of food webs and trophic levels

      • Big picture introductory activity prior to teaching photosynthesis and cellular respiration so students have context from an ecosystem perspective on energy flow

      • Engaging and meaningful sub plan

Why should I use this product in my classroom?

I love lab stations as a way to get students out of their seats and working autonomously in the classroom. I love these lab stations especially because I wrote them about the salt marsh ecosystem that I live in and the trophic interactions of the organisms that inhabit it. My students love how the creation of the food web is almost like a logic puzzle to figure out!

What is included?

      • 2 pages of teacher implementation notes (PDF)

      • 3 pages of student handouts (PDF)

      • 2 page answer key (PDF)

      • 15 organism lab stations (PDF)

How much class time will this take?

This activity takes two 50-minute class periods or one 90-minute class period.

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This product is part of my Energy Flow Unit which is the third unit in my Biology Curriculum Full Year Bundle.

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Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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