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Activity

Food web game

Summary: 
Students build a food web by connecting images/words of different living things.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Food Webs, Ecosystems, Biomes (3, 4)
Science topic (2005 curriculum connection): 
Life Science: Needs of Living Things (grade 1)
Life Science: Habitats and Communities (grade 4)
Life Science: Diversity of Life (grade 6)
Life Science: Ecosystems (grade 7)
Lessons activity is in: 
Materials: 
  • cards with living things written on them (horse, worm, wood bug, plants, cougar, bird...)
  • yarn lengths to stretch between cards
Procedure: 

Give out living things cards and yarn.

Students work in groups of up to 4 to build a food web, by stretching a yarn length between living things that eat/are eaten by each other.

Compare the food webs that each group made.
Students could add their own living things to their food web.

As a class, discuss how complicated a food web is, and how living things depend on each other. If one living thing is removed, other living things are affected: can’t lose any part of the web.

This activity can be incorporated to a study of an ecosystem, after students have discovered many living things in it e.g. pond dipping, soil study.

Notes: 

This activity worked surprisingly well.

Grades tested: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Teacher: 
Ingrid
Stephanie Monaghan
Teaching site: 
Horse riding stables, Richmond
Activity originally developed and delivered: 

Horse riding stables with Gordon Elementary class