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American Prairie Food Web

American Prairie Food Web

This is an American Prairie Food Web. See if you can identify all the parts of the food web that make this a functioning, healthy ecosystem. Look for:

The Producers - the grass.

The Primary Consumers – the prairie dogs, grasshoppers, jackrabbits, and pronghorn antelope.

The Secondary Consumers – the owls, rattlesnakes and coyotes.

The Scavengers –  the coyotes and insects.

The Decomposers or Detrivores – mushrooms, insects and microorganisms (bacteria and fungus).

To make black and white copies for your whole class, see the copy-friendly version below.

American Prairie Food Web

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Food Chains/Food Webs Flip Chart Set

Do you need a visual aid in the classroom to help teach about food webs? Try the 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 Chains/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. "American Prairie Food Web" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2017. December 18, 2017
< http://www.exploringnature.org/db/view/American-Prairie-Food-Web >

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