In this hands-on food web activity, students use manipulatives to correctly arrange the food web using the descriptions of the organisms provided. After students correctly arrange the food web they have to identify the trophic levels and the energy levels based on the given energy units. In addition, I have students identify the carnivores, omnivore, herbivores, parasites, consumers and heterotrophs. This activity is great for a review or teaching the content to them the first time. There is a worksheet that goes along with it. It is amazing how much students do not remember even though they have had this concept in the middle school. All of the misconceptions are exposed during this activity. Check out the video I use below to introduce the topic and engage my students. It is incredible.
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Battle at Kruger
Each year I use this video to introduce ecology. It definitely is one of the most engaging videos I show. Watch it all the way through. So much happens!