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Build a Food Web Game
On the Who Eats Who Handout are all the species in a food web and what they eat. You can hand this out to your students or have them research their own species feeding habits to make this activity an interdisciplinary with ELA components. Students can each be responsible for one part of the food web.
To make this into a game
- Put a roll of tape on the back of each animal picture and stick them to a students desk.
- Place the sun on the board and talk about how the sun supplies the energy for producers to grow. You can use the lecture from Food Web Lecture with Producer-Consumer-Decomposer Chart to teach this lesson.
- Call for all producers.
- Call for all primary consumers or herbivores.
- Call for all secondary consumers or omnivores.
- Call for all tertiary consumers or carnivores.
- Call for all decomposers.
- When everyone has taped their species to the board, point out how the energy flows through a food web.
- Leave your food web up for a few days and talk about different aspects of it, study the animals in more depth, talk about local food webs versus food webs on an African Savannah or Amazon Rainforest.
- Print out food web graphics below (or in pdf) to use in your project.
Building A Classroom Food Web -- Who Eats Who
- crops, berries, trees, grasses
Primary Consumers - Herbivores
- mouse grass, plants, mushrooms, berries, tree buds
- deer grass, plants, mushrooms, berries, crops, trees
- grasshopper grass, plants, berries, crops, trees
- rabbit grass, plants, mushrooms, berries, tree buds
- chipmunk grass, plants, mushrooms, berries, nuts and cones
- squirrel grass, plants, mushrooms, berries, nuts and cones
Secondary Consumers - Omnivores
- bullfrog grasshopper, earthworms, small fish
- snake mouse, grasshopper
- raccoon mushrooms, crops, mouse, bird eggs, berries, nuts and cones
Tertiary Consumers Carnivores
- weasel mouse, grasshopper, rabbit, chipmunk. squirrel
- bear mushrooms, fish, berries, nuts, mouse, grasshopper, rabbit, chipmunk, squirrel
- fox bird eggs, berries, nuts, mouse, grasshopper, rabbit, chipmunk, squirrel
- eagle mouse, rabbit, chipmunk, squirrel, snake, small raccoon, baby weasel
- hawk mouse, rabbit, chipmunk, squirrel, snake, small raccoon, baby weasel
- owl mice, grasshopper, rabbit
- mountain lion - mouse, rabbit, chipmunk, squirrel, snake, raccoon, weasel
- coyote mouse, rabbit, chipmunk, squirrel, snake, small raccoon, baby weasel
- bobcat mouse, rabbit, chipmunk, squirrel, snake, raccoon, weasel
- Indian pipes everything once they are dead
- mushrooms everything once they are dead
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