Sunday, December 13, 2015

Creating Physical Models of Food Chain Models

Anytime we can bust out the art materials   in science class is a good day. This is a simple activity that concretely models the food chain and uses some higher-level vocabulary at the same time.


Creating Physical Models of Food Chain Models



First, we folded our paper into fourths (in half vertically and then in half vertically again).  

Creating Physical Models of Food Chain Models

Creating Physical Models of Food Chain Models


Then, we cut the strips on the folds (each student needs six strips). 

Creating Physical Models of Food Chain Models


Then, we labeled our strips with the levels of the food chain. 

Creating Physical Models of Food Chain Models

Students illustrated the terms. 

Creating Physical Models of Food Chain Models


Creating Physical Models of Food Chain Models

Then we looped the strips together and glued the ends to make a chain.  Each student's decomposers were linked to the next student's sun, thus creating one large food chain/food web. 

Creating Physical Models of Food Chain Models



Creating Physical Models of Food Chain Models

After every student attached their chain, it looped up and around my desk area.  We reference this anytime we are talking about consumers, food chains, or food webs. Since this is many food chains put together, it is actually also representative of a food web. It's a great physical reminder of the concepts. 

Do you have any hands-on activities to demonstrate energy flow in ecosystems?  I'd love to hear about them!




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