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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.