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Food Chain
Old 03-12-2006, 05:17 PM
 
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Please share your ideas for teaching about the food chain. I am looking for activities, worksheets, power points, etc. that I can use to enhance my food chains unit. Thanks!


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We made a food web
Old 03-12-2006, 08:45 PM
 
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We made a food web on a blank wall. A food web is simply a bunch of food chains that connect with each other. So, both a snake and a cat might eat a mouse so we connected (using yarn) the mouse sign to both the cat and the snake. The cat might also eat a bird, so there's a string going from the cat to the bird. The bird eats both seeds and worms, so there are two more strings.

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chain game
Old 03-13-2006, 09:09 AM
 
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I played a game to see how energy transferred through the food chain by playing tag. There are three or more kinds of animals, cougars, plants, and deer. It is like taga and paper rock scissors. If a deer touches a plant, the plant becomes deer, cougars catch deer, and plants catch cougars (everything becomes part of the earth when it dies). Stop occasionally and tally what you are and you can graph it later. Kids like playing it, and it can lead to food chain, energy chain, etc...
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:42 AM
 
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This is an interactive food cahin site for kids:

http://www.ecokidsonline.com/pub/eco...tion/index.cfm

Here is another:

http://www.vtaide.com/png/foodchains.htm

This one has some games:

http://www.kidskonnect.com/FoodChain/FoodChainHome.html

Hope these sites help.

I do not teach this topic, but I typed food chain into Yahoo and these were in the first page of sites listed. You may want to do this search yourself. There were many different sites to choose from.
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Paper plate food chain
Old 03-19-2006, 08:16 AM
 
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When I did my food chain unit this year I did an activity where the kids used small paper plates (the cheap kind that are sold in bulk) to make a vertical "chain".

They were given four plates each and had to draw and label (from the bottom to the top):

A producer
A primary consumer (herbivore)
A secondary consumer (carnivore)
A decomposer

I stapled the plates together vertically, but for those who have more time and patience, punching holes and stringing them together would be great!

Since the guidelines allowed them to choose their own animals, they were able to get creative. Also, it forced them to think about what animals co-exist in specific ecosystems. I had children that wanted to use a zebra and a shark in the same food chain. I made them re-evaluate the herbivores and carnivores that live in one single ecosystem.


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