Food chains demonstrate the amazing interdependence that exists within nature. From sunlight and photosynthesis to plants and animals, food chains are critical to our ever changing natural world.
Our Food Chain Activity Kit teaches children about the importance of food chains and provides a model for them to create and take home. First, decorate the 5 tubes which represent different links in the chain; then, starting with the smallest, have each member of the model chain "eaten" by the next until all of them are "consumed" by the top member. Each tube "nests" within the next to vividly illustrate how a food chain works. Caps are provided for easy storage by each child.
Ages 5 and up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Introduce the concepts of food chains.
- Discuss the different levels of a food chain, and the organisms that below to each.
- Create a Food Chain model that will allow children to visualize and "play with" a food chain.
- Custom-made Food Chain tubes, plus artwork and caps for each participant to create his or her own Food Chain model.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that provides instructors with everything they need to teach about food chains, plus a reproducible worksheet for your participants.
- The only materials you supply are markers or crayons.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.3 and NS.5-8.3 Life Science.
Content Standard C: The Characteristics of Organisms (K-4)
Organisms have basic needs. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their needs can be met.
Organisms and their Environments (K-4)
All animals depend on plants. Some animals eat plants for food. Other animals eat animals that eat plants.
Populations and Ecosystems (5-8)
Populations of organisms can be categorized by the function they serve in an ecosystem. Plants and some micro-organisms are producers. All animals are consumers.
For Ecosystems, the major source of energy is sunlight. Energy entering ecosystems as sunlight is transferred by producers into chemical energy through photosynthesis. That energy then passes from organism to organism in food webs.
Specific (California standards):
(4.2a) Students know plants are the primary source of matter and energy entering most food chains.
(4.2b) Students know producers and consumers are related in food chains and food webs and may compete with each other for resources in an ecosystem.
(4.2c) Students know decomposers; including many fungi, insects, and microorganisms, recycle matter from dead plants and animals.
(6.5a) Students know energy enters ecosystems and move through the food chain.
(6.5b) Students know matter is transferred over time from one organism to others in the food web and between organisms and the physical environment.