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Making Food Chains

Unit Plan: Who Eats What?Lesson: 6 Time: Session 1 (40-60min) and Session 2 (40 min) Setting: Indoors
3-5, 6-8Schoolyard Ecology
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Students make food chains for their study site organisms, and learn food chain terminology.


Students will be able to:
- have a clear picture of feeding relationships of animals on their study site
- recognize the strengths and weaknesses of different sources of information
- understand that plants make their own food
- define food chain terms and give examples of organisms that fin in each category
- realize that plants are the ultimate source of food energy for all organisms in a food chain


For the class:

  • several copies of the "Who Eats What" guide
  • other resource books ( see "Resource List" in Introduction)

Lesson Files

Making Food Chains
Introduction - Includes Resource List
Who Eats What Guide

Benchmarks for Science Literacy

5D Interdependence of Life, 5E Flow of Matter and Energy

NYS Standards

MST 4- Physical setting, living environment and nature of science
Next Generation Science Standards

Cross Cutting Concepts


Disciplinary Core Ideas

LS2A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
New York State Science Learning Standards

Performance Expectations

MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms in a variety of ecosystems.

Hogan, Kathleen. Eco-Inquiry: A Guide to Ecological Learning Experiences for the Upper Elementary/Middle Grades. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, PO Box 1840, 4050 Westmark Drive, Dubuque, IA 52004-1840., 1994.