Prairie Ecosystem Task Cards with QR Codes & Food Web Activity {Hands On}

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2 activities included! First, students use the self-checking task cards to review ecosystem concepts. The ▚ QR codes ▞ to link to labeled PHOTOS showing the correct answers! These visuals take self-checking QR codes to a whole new level of engagement and support for visual learners and ELLs as they learn how animals interact in this ecosystem! My energetic students love when I tape these task cards around the room to let them MOVE while reviewing their learning about the prairie food web!

Next, students build a prairie food web in a higher level thinking task. A prairie food web poster, and a habitat poster are also included in this resource. These activities are based on 4th grade Science standards.

What if I don't have a way to scan the QR codes?
No worries! Check out the photo versionof this set instead!

***Please NOTE:*** The Ecosystem Task Cards include QR codes that link to photos in Dropbox. Please download my FREE Test Activity to test that the photos open on your school device (and on school WiFi) before purchasing this product. I value your time!***

*This is part of my Weekly QR Code Centers for the YEAR Bundle for huge savings!*

Part 1 Task Cards:

Post the task card clues around the room, school, or playground (I like to build even more excitement by hiding a couple under tables and behind doors). Independently or in pairs, students set out to locate the clues with their copy of the Prairie Animal Names sheet, which includes a word bank for support. Students read the clues carefully, and use the context clues and word bank to determine which animal matches each clue. After students have recorded each guess, they use an iPad, iPhone, or Smartphone to check their answers by scanning the QR codes. Any free QR code reader will link them to a labeled picture of each correct animal. An answer key is also included.

Part 2 Build a Food Web (or food chain):

In small groups, students use the 12 photo cards and descriptions. They read the picture card descriptions and determine which animals prey on other animals (make prey and predator matches). Students create a food web by laying the photo cards out and connecting the animals using dry erase marker on the table.

Optional: With 10 students and some yarn, an even more interactive and kinesthetic activity is possible: Each student holds a card, and all predators and prey connect using yarn. Then, to demonstrate the delicate nature of the food web, remove one animal from the web. Any animal that is no longer attached to prey by yarn should then also be removed. Try removing several different animals and asking students to discuss the consequences of losing species. A Prairie Animal Food Web is included as an answer key.

Activity includes high quality photos of following animals:
burrowing owl
deer mouse
garter snake
prairie dog
pronghorn antelope
white tailed deer
(Also included are producer and consumer pictures to complete the food web.)

This resource works with any FREE QR code reader app to easily integrate technology and makes an engaging, nearly no prep technology center for 1:1 iPad classrooms, BYOD schools, and classrooms with just a couple old Smartphones (like mine!). :)

NOTE: These task cards with QR codes link to photos in Dropbox.
Please download my FREE Test Taking Strategies Task Cards and check that the QR codes open on your school device (and on school WiFi) before purchasing this product. I value your time!

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-Amber Genzink

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