ANIMAL FOOD CHAIN LESSON PLAN
food chain, necessities, animals, herbivores, omnivores, carnivores
• The Food Chain Lesson Printable
• The Food Chain Chart & Picture Printable
The Food Chain Lesson Introduction
Read aloud from the Food Chain Worksheet. Students can read directly from the worksheet lesson. Have students discuss:
• What is the food chain?
• Why is food considered a necessity?
Ask your students about the lesson they have just read. Use the following questions as a guide:
• What is a necessity?
• What are the three groups of animals based on their eating habits?
Have students answer the questions after reading about the food chain and animal eating habits. Once everyone has answered the questions have students exchange papers and grade them. Go over each answer and encourage students to ask questions.
Some questions may have a similar answer so make sure to emphasize this allowing every child to give the answer they believe is correct.
Once students have completed the Food Chain worksheet split them up into groups of 4 or 5. Each student should receive a copy of the Food Chain Chart and Picture printable. You can find the printables at the bottom of this page.
Once every student has a copy of the lesson printable have groups take turns searching for information on the Internet. They should find information on five different animals. Using the Food Chain Chart each group should list the animal, their habitat (desert, forest, plains, etc.), what the animal eats, and based on their source of food whether they are in the herbivore group, omnivore group, or carnivore group.
While one group is using the computer the other groups can use crayons and the Animal Food Chain Picture printable. In the box have students draw their interpretation of the food chain. Let your students get creative. Some suggestions teachers may give their students include food chain labels, pictures of animals within one food chain, or a food chain chart showing the progression from animal to animal.
NOTE: If you prefer having students use encyclopedias instead of the Internet that is also an option.
Once the activity has been completed have a discussion about the food chain. Every group should have a small presentation in front of the rest of the class. The results from their web search, as well as the pictures they've designed, should be presented.
Discuss the results and have the class vote to determine whether the assessment of carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore was correct. Discuss the results allowing each student to explain why they feel the animal is a certain type (based on what they eat).
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