The food web is an exciting topic for most students; however, we must be careful to enhance their enthusiasm. You can create a lively learning atmosphere by incorporating these activities and games into your instruction. Each activity and game can be used as a stand-alone to enhance understanding, or you may decide to combine them to create a Food Web Week. The effect is that you will see an increase in the understanding and engagement of the students.
Food Web Stacking Cups
- Styrofoam cups
- Review concepts of a particular food web like grassland or oceanic food web, or use the activity to review all food-web concepts.
- After identifying a food web, distribute markers and papers and inform students to draw all animals and plants on the web. For instance, five food web images may encompass grass, insects like a hawk, a snake, a mouse, and a cricket.
- Let the students cut out and color the images
- Let each student have five cups and turn the items upside-down; after, attach one image to each cup
- After the cups have dried up, let the students label with the image name.
- Finally, the students have to showcase their understanding by arranging the cups in the order of the food web.
Extensions and Adaptations
- The younger students should use pre-printed images and let them work by cutting and adding color
- Let the older students make more extended webs with more content and images
Living Food Web
- Images of organisms showcased in a food chain including; prints on the cardstock, the sun, etc.
- Create an ample space or take students to the gym or outdoor for this activity
- Give each student an organism that is available on the food web and ensure that it is placed on their necks to wear
- Ensure that the students are positioned in a large circle
- Let the students select the energy source for the majority of the food webs, i.e., the sun
- Ask the students the organisms that gain energy from the sun