Lesson Plan

Food Webs

Develop an understanding of food chains and food webs
Catherine K.
Classroom teacher
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, United States
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Learning

Students will be able to...

 Understand the characteristics and structure of  how living things interact with each other.

Use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

English Language Arts
Grades 4
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Research to Build and Present Knowledge:

Use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Explain and illustrate with examples how living systems interact with the biotic environment 

Student Instructions

Teacher logs into  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFCYtdtytc0 and introduces the study of the food chain and food web with Bill Nye the Science Guy. 

Next, pass out team instructions for the collaborative investigation and assignment on Food Webs.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Reading

Students read and discuss with class the FOSS textbook for grade 4 on Living Things. As they read pages 35-41 on Food Chains and Food Webs, they are to use small yellow sticky notes to identify  facts and details they feel important to support the sub-heading of each section. 

Student Instructions

You will be asked to follow along during the reading and discussion of the chapter on Food Chains and Food Webs. You will be given use small yellow sticky notes to mark 3-5 supporting details and facts for each sub-heading in this chapter they feel important to support the sub-heading of each section. 

3 Guided Practice

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Make cooperative and collaborate groups of 3. Pass out student instructions, and give a tutorial on designing a slide show with text and graphic features in Google Slides.

Student Instructions

Food Chains and Food Webs Slide Show Requirements

Please go to Google Drive and open up ‘New’, ‘More’, and ‘Slide Show’. Open your science books to ‘Food Chains and Food Webs’ pages 35-41. You and your group are to prepare a slide show on these pages to present to the class. Please open each of your laptops and share the slide presentation with everyone in your group including me. You will all have the opportunity to design a slide with text and a graphic feature.  Each slide must have a minimum of 5 bullet facts that best support the subtitle of each slide.The following slide titles must be included:

●  Food Chains and Food Webs (page 35) introduction

●  Producers (page 35-36)

●  Consumers (page 37)

●  Decomposers (page 38)

●  Food Chains (page 39)

●  Food Webs (page 40-41)

●  Glossary (pages 35-41)

For the glossary, you are to write the following words with their definitions. (You may need 2 or 3 slides to complete all the glossary terms in

alphabetical order.)

bacteria carnivores consumers decomposers food chains food web herbivores microorganism omnivores producers scavengers

4 Independent Practice

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Each student will share the presentation with each member of their cooperative group. All will have access to the same slides as they progress through the assignments and each will be responsible for doing one of the slides independently from the group as determined by the captain of each group.

Student Instructions

Each member of the group is to choose one subheading that they would like to design and prepare a slide for the presentation with the bulleted facts and a graphic feature.

5 Wrap-up

Google Drive
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Each group will present their slide show to the class for discussion and review.

Please have the slide you prepared independently open as you listen to each other's presentations. As you view each others' side show, please locate and highlight a shared supporting detail that you found most important as you listened to the sub heading that you chose. Be ready to share why you felt this as an important detail at the end of the presentations.

Student Instructions

As you view one another's slide show, you a are asked to highlight one of the bulleted facts from YOUR individual/independent slide that was shared in another group's slide show presentation. Please be ready to share why you believe this was an important fact/detail to remember about food chains and food webs.