Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 2-3
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
In this activity students are going to demonstrate their understanding of the transport of energy between living things by creating some different food chains.
This would be a great opportunity to speak to your students are explain that the arrows in the food chain represent.
As well as putting the animals in the correct trophic levels, students will have to find images of the animals (using Photos for Class or the Animals Character tab) and label the animal as a herbivore, omnivore or carnivore.
The following food chains are used in the given example:
- Grass → Caterpillar → Sparrow → Hawk
- Tree → Squirrel → Fox
- Grass → Cow → Human
- Red Oat Grass → Termites → Mongoose → Caracal
Other examples of food chains
- Grass → Vole → Owl
- phytoplankton → Krill → Leopard Seal → Orca (Killer Whale)
- Typha (cattail) → Mouse → Opossum → Red Fox → Puma
- phytoplankton → zooplankton → Jellyfish → Shark
Have your students be more creative by giving them a habitat and getting them to research food chains in these habitats.
(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Copy Assignment", change the description of the assignment in your Dashboard.)
Show your understanding of food chains by reordering the following plants and animals into food chains.
- Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
- In the first row, put these animals into a food chain: Sparrow, Caterpillar, Grass and Hawk.
- In the second row, put these animals into a food chain: Squirrel, Tree, and Fox.
- In the third row, put these animals into a food chain: Human, Cow and Grass.
- In the last row, put these animals into a food chain: Mongoose, Caracal, Red Oat Grass, and Termites.
- For each food chain, label each organism as a herbivore, omnivore or carnivore.
- Use Photos for Class to find an example image for each one.
- If you finish early, add some extra rows and come up with your own food chains.
- Save and submit your storyboard. Make sure to use the drop-down menu to save it under the assignment title.
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