Lesson Plan

Food Chain Haikus with ChatterPix Kids

Showcase oral language, writing, art, and science knowledge in a fun and creative lesson!
Tamara L.
ITRT - Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
Hanover County Public Schools
Ashland, VA
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
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Students will be able to..

  • communicate understanding through written and oral language;
  • showcase artistic skills using physical and digital imagery;
  • explain elements of a basic food chain;
  • create and share digital projects with others.
English Language Learning
Grades 3 - 5
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1 Food Chains - Instruction

Teach or review basic content of animal food chains using this drag-and-drop website.

2 Learning About Haikus

Teach or review poetry style of haikus, providing students an opportunity to read and write their own. Use this website to help guide students in composing their own haikus,  Have students choose a food chain, listing animals in the text boxes. Then have students create a food chain haiku they can save or print to use when they record their project.


3 Food Chain - Creation

Activity: Creating

Using  sheets of different colored construction paper, have students use one sheet per animal stacked together in a pile. The animal at the bottom of the food chain will be small, in the center. The animal that eats this one will have the entire animal in its mouth. The next animal will have both animals in its mouth, stacked. Continue this pattern until no more paper is available or the food chain is finished.

Use small pieces of construction paper to create eyes and mouth for each animal. Add detail to each animal with additional construction paper or scissors (i.e. cutting rough edges to create fur, or cut strips to make whiskers). 

Glue animals together so that all animals are on one page.


4 Record Audio (ChatterPix Kids)

Open ChatterPix Kids app on iDevice and take a photo of animal food chain. Following the prompts shown on the screen, use finger to draw a mouth, then push the record button to record students reading their animals haikus. When finished, students can listen to their recordings and enhance their project with filters and text. Export project to camera roll.

5 Transfer Projects

Upload ChatterPix Kids projects from iDevice camera roll to Dropbox (account creation required for first time use.) Rename each project with students' name for easy record-keeping.

From here, students' projects can be shared via URL link or downloaded and placed in another location to share (i.e. USB device, uploaded to a website or Google Drive, etc.)

Finally, have all students share their projects with their classmates!