Learn about food chains and interconnectedness with a fun, interactive game of tag.
Students assume the roles of producers, herbivores and carnivores to play a game of tag, forming food chains and food webs. After the game, talk with students about the interconnectedness of living things and our responsibility to care for the environment.
All living things get their energy from the food they eat. When food passes through an organism, some of it is used and some of it is passed down through the food chain. Plants use the sun’s energy to make their food. Some of this energy is passed along to animals when they eat plants. Plants are known as producers since they make their own energy. Animals are called consumers because they have to consume plants and other animals to get their energy. Animals that eat only plants are known as herbivores, such as rabbits or deer. Carnivores are animals that eat other animals for their food and energy, such as cougars, eagles or orcas. Omnivores eat both plants and animals, such as bears and humans.
A food chain shows a simple example of who eats what and how living things get energy from other living things.
A food web shows how food chains are linked and how all living things are interconnected. This means that all things are related to and interact with each other in the environment.
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