Here are 7 of my favorite science teaching ideas for ecosystems, food chains, and food webs!
1. Ecosystems StudyJams
I adore these StudyJams video clips from Scholastic. Check out the ones on Ecosystems, Food Chains, Food Webs, and Changes in Ecosystems. They are short and sweet and have lots of applicable information. I usually have the students watch the video clips twice and pause as we go through it because the information can be presented kind of fast.
2. Aquarium Habitat Project
This is a fun culminating project I made for my students last year for them to demonstrate their knowledge of ecosystems. This project is free and editable. It includes teacher tips, a letter to your students, tips, rubrics, and project pages for students.
3. Ecosystems Task Cards
These are great task cards for assessment! I like to tape them up around the classroom and allow students to work at their own pace to answer all 20 questions.
4. Biotic and Abiotic Lesson
In this activity students practice identifying interactions in ecosystems by looking at photographs. This is a great whole group mini-lesson. Download it for free on GoogleDrive. (Some districts block access to GoogleDrive. If it says you can’t view it, try at home.)
5. Step On It! Food Web
Make a life-sized version of an ocean food web for students to work their way through. How fun is this! Read more >>
6. Real Life Food Chain or Food Web
This activity comes from Hands-On Science Vocabulary Instruction. It helped a lot when introducing food chains vocabulary last year! Make 9 signs with the sun, producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer, tertiary consumer, and energy arrows. Each student gets a sign and they put themselves into a food chain holding up their sign.
Students sketch the food chain in their notebooks, then teach the new vocab using motions and chants and fill out the foldable. Students go back to their food chain drawing and label the parts with the new terms. Get the printables and find more fun vocabulary activities in my e-book, Hands-On Science Vocabulary Instruction.
7. Ecosystems Stations
This BIG Science Stations Unit includes 9 fun activities for ecosystems. These stations are for sale in my TpT store.
I hope you found some great tools and resources to help you teach your students about ecosystems and food webs!