Designed to meet the KS3 and KS4 specification. Covers introduction to food chains and links towards food webs. Discusses how the sun provides all energy to food chains. Activities will help students understand how chain is dependent on each step.
Worksheet enables students to deepen learning on herbivores, omnivores, apex predators etc.
Lesson then leads into pyramid of numbers and pyramids of biomass with example questions for plenary.
Great activity for studying Food Chains. Real life photos of animals and plants. 28 cards in total.
Can be sorted into producers/ consumers; omnivores/ carnivores/ herbivores; food chains.
Tip: why not let the students have a competition and build the longest food chain?!
+ sun, food chain
Just print them off, cut into little cards and laminate for durability.
This activity is differentiated in 4 levels for Year 4 and covers the science objective: Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
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KS3 new for the Activate resource 'Ecology'
Full lesson ready to use straight 'out of the box'
Similar structure to my other power points following the input - activity - review phasing
Plenary sections for progress checking
Clear learning objectives and outcomes
Modern and engaging layout
Little adaptation needed
Feedback welcome :D
A fully resourced lesson on food chains and webs, created for the Activate 2 scheme but can be used with any textbooks. Includes a starter, notes, self-assessment task, food web creating task, a discussion question and video about threatening biodiversity, and a plenary question with extra challenge.
Lesson is ready to use.
Intro to food chains and food webs and the differences between the 2.
Worksheet and presentation, plus a pdf worksheet that I found on internet about foodwebs in wetlands. I like the last page, you can have the students create their own food web, you can either give the sheet as it is and they will place the arrows or you can just give the list of animals and they design their own food web on a blank sheet.
A perfect whole-class game to practise food chains and predator/prey relationships.
The file contains 32 cards (8 different food chains). Give a card to each student, who then has to find other members of their food chain.
Print and laminate for durability.
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Organisms need to be cut and pasted into their correct places in a food web. Two differenciated versions of this activity here - one with clues. I then give the students a number of questions based around the completed web.
I used these information cards on different dinosaurs to start a project with my year 7s.
I told my students that we were designing a fish tank, but for dinosaurs! They had to choose their favourite for their tank. They had to think about other dinosaurs they'd have to include to create a food chain for their pet, as well as the habitat. More able students also thoughts about other things they might want to include based no the adaptations of their chosen dinosaur.
Alternatively, students could use these to make a food chain, or food web, and the extension task could be to write about their adaptations or habitats.
Hope this ready-to-go power point with a main focus on Food Chains and Webs (Suitable for GCSE and Year 7 - Ecology) is as useful for you as it is for me. I have tried to incorporate activities within the powerpoint to save on download data: written questions, past paper exam questions; mark schemes, and plenty of differentiated AfL throughout.
Key stage 3 (Year 7/8)
Introduction to food chains and webs. Next lesson will be food pyramids and pyramids of biomass.
This less on contains starter few main tasks and two different plenaries.
Two different worksheets
Hyperlink for video:
- Producers and consumers.
- Herbivore, carnivores, and omnivores
These Food Chain Puzzles can be used to practice making food chains with organisms in a garden habitat. This is a Spring themed Food Chain puzzle. The cards are perfect for group work and stations. Each puzzle card has an organism name and picture on it. Each of the first five pages has three puzzles and each of these puzzles has a producer (plant or plant part), a primary consumer, and a secondary consumer. The sixth page has more consumer organisms that can be spliced in to make longer food chains. After the cards are cut apart for the students, the page six puzzle cards can be mixed and matched with them. 15 Puzzles. 6 Pages. Grades 2-4.
The producers (plants or plant parts), in this set include: grass, leaf, bush, seeds, nectar from flowers, and fruit. The consumer organisms in this set are: caterpillar, bird, grasshopper, lizard, snake, bee, dragonfly, aphid, ladybug, rabbit, eagle, chicken, man, rat, owl, cow, fly, frog, rat, cat, sheep, toad, butterfly, and goat.
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A complete, and ready to deliver, high quality KS3 lesson from Barclayfox.
(For USA - this lesson is for use between 6th to 8th grade).
This is a complete lesson from start to end, you do not need to spend many hours carefully planning, creating, resourcing and improving this lesson after each use. I have already spent those hours preparing this lesson for my students and improving it over many years. This is a very high quality lesson.
There is nothing for you to do but give it a quick look through and familiarise yourself with it.
* Represent food chains using Pyramids of numbers.
* Describe how energy is lost as it transfers down the food chain.
* Calculate biomass and create pyramids of biomass.
* Explain bioaccumulation of pesticides and the effect.
This carefully crafted lesson is over 30 slides long, and is full of these learning activities:
* Notes to help the teacher.
* Starter - complete the food web.
* Starter - simple task where students self-assess against the objectives.
* Matching game - answers are provided.
* Role play - spread of pesticides up the food chain.
* Questions – all answers are provided.
* Peer marking & Self marking opportunities
* Up and about activity - role play
* Theory slides (carefully sculpted, interspaced with learning activities, not ‘death by powerpoint’).
* Activity sheet - with answers - simply print it off for each student if required.
* Play ball opportunities
* Video clip links - several (carefully selected – this alone can save you 20+ minutes of searching).
* Paired work activities – all answers are provided.
* Homework - optional / at your discretion using the activity sheet.
* Scientific Literacy activity.
* Scientific Numeracy activity
* SMSC opportunity - use of pesticides & effect on organisms.
* Student self-assessment versus objectives activity – so learners can judge for themselves how much they have learnt.
* Extension activities – just in case additional activities are required.
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