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Food Chains and Webs

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Name animals typically found in an oak woodland habitat and describe each organism’s relationship to the oak.
  • Identify the producers, consumers and decomposers in the habitat.
  • Create a simple food chain based on the relationships between organisms in an oak woodland habitat.

Time: 45 minutes

Materials:

  • Tree sculpture
  • Masking and invisible tape
  • Pushpins, a stapler
  • Index cards, cut in half
  • Yarn

Procedure:

Return to the tree sculpture and label the different organisms with index cards.

Use lengths of yarn to create food chains and webs between the organisms on the tree. (Depending on the wall, use tape, staples or pushpins to attach the cards and yarn to the tree.)

Discuss the roles of the producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers and decomposers and the connections between the organisms in the oak habitat. Some organisms have more than one role. Add the role of each organism to its index card.