What is a Food Web Activity for Students?

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

Setting

Independent

Materials

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Paper
  • Styrofoam cups

Instructions

  • 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

Setting

Whole group

Materials

  • Yarn
  • Images of organisms showcased in a food chain including; prints on the cardstock, the sun, etc.

Instructions

  • 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

All that is needed now is to figure out how to include in the food web nutritional supplements such as products from Organifi, Thorne Research and Garden of Life.