Ecosystems & Food Webs

Ideas to help elementary teachers teach their students about food chains, food webs, and ecosystems
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Hands-on Fun with Food Webs
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Food Chains and Food Webs Teaching Ideas
Dissect owl pellets
Let's have a little fun with owls! Play a Predator and Prey game, dissect owl pellets, compare owl structures, build a life cycle wheel, and make food chains using the provided Teaching Slides. Great for 4th grade and 5th grade!
Keystone species for your food webs unit
Anchor your food webs unit with keystone species
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PHENOMENAL Food Webs: Teaching the 5th grade NGSS food webs standard with a focus on keystone species — The Science Penguin
In 1995, after decades of no wolves, 41 wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park. We can easily see the effects of wolves from elk populations to the shapes of meandering rivers.
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PHENOMENAL Food Webs: Teaching the 5th grade NGSS food webs standard with a focus on keystone species — The Science Penguin
Teams use provided fact sheets about keystone species around the world to construct a food web for that ecosystem. They must use the food web to explain what makes it a keystone species and present the food web and reasoning to the class.
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Food Webs for 5th Grade NGSS
You can teach about food webs in a traditional way. I’ve done it and there’s nothing wrong with it! But you can add a layer of inquiry by anchoring your unit with a pretty cool phenomenon: keystone species.
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Use with any food web
Here is a simple activity with a list of items for students to complete about ANY food web. Just provide a food web and watch them go!
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No Prep Idea for Ecosystem Interactions
Here’s an idea to use with any ecosystem. Let students pick an ecosystem, research, learn, and record!
Food Web and Ecosystem Stations
Food Web and Ecosystem Stations
Food Web and Ecosystem Stations
Perfect for 4th and 5th, students will learn all about food webs and ecosystem interactions
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Free Ecosystem Interactions Scavenger Hunt
Food Webs Observation Stations: printable and digital practice analyzing food webs
Distance learning activity you can print or assign through Google Classroom