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Build a Food Web Game

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 student’s 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.
Build a Food Web Game
Build a Food Web Game
Build a Food Web Game
Build a Food Web Game
Building A Classroom Food Web -- Who Eats Who

Producers

  • 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

Decomposers

  • Indian pipes — everything once they are dead
  • mushrooms — everything once they are dead

Recommended Books & Products

Food Chains/Food Webs Flip Chart Set
Each Curriculum Mastery Flip Chart is mounted on a sturdy easel and features:
• 10 Double-sided, laminated 12" x 18" charts
   – Side 1 features a colorful, graphic overview of the topic
   – Side 2 serves as a "write-on/wipe-off" activity chart featuring questions, labeling exercises, vocabulary review & more!
• Activity Guide featuring black-line copy-masters & exercises
Set Includes the following 10 charts:
    1.    Understanding Trophic Levels
    2.    Rainforest Food Web
    3.    Desert Food Web
    4.    Arctic Food Web
    5.    Coral Reef Food Web
    6.    Grassland Food Web
    7.    Boreal Forest Food Web
    8.    Deciduous Forest Food Web
    9.    Saltwater Marsh Food Web
    10.    Freshwater Food Web

Food Webs Flip Chart Set

Citing Research References

When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).

When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.

Here is an example of citing this page:

Amsel, Sheri. "Build a Food Web Game " Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2017. November 24, 2017
< http://www.exploringnature.org/db/view/1302 >

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