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FOOD CHAINS, FOOD WEBS, AND ENERGY PYRAMIDS WORKSHEET WITH ANSWER KEY
My Food Chains, Food Webs, and Energy Pyramids Guided Reading Worksheet is an all time best seller. It includes 2 full pages of text in order to support literacy in science. After that, there are 4 different review worksheet pages (with answer key included) to reinforce important vocabulary and concepts. You can assign the entire set all at once as an independent work packet, or break it up as needed. To make things even better, this resource comes in both printable PDF format and digital (Google Slides). You can use both side by side for hybrid learning or stick with whatever method you’re most comfortable with. Click the image below to purchase this resource!
Consider also my Food Webs Webquest as a great option for independent work or a last minute sub plan. This resource allows students to build their own food web of ocean creatures. Students must also classify the organism as producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, and tertiary consumers as well as answering questions about how the species are related and may rely on one another for survival.
Finally, I also have a Food Chains, Food Webs, and Energy Pyramids presentation which may interest you if you’re looking for a simple way to introduce these topics to your students. This presentation is designed for middle school and introduces all the key vocabulary that students will need to master these topics.
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How to Use the Food Chains and Food Webs Worksheet
Emergency Sub Plans
If you’re feeling a little sick and need a day to rest, either the Food Chains, Food Webs, and Energy Pyramids Guided Reading Worksheet or the Food Webs Webquest would be an excellent way to allow students to work on their own (either digitally or on paper) without a lot of speaking required on your part. To make things even better, you’ll be supporting literacy in the classroom too!
Independent Work Station
Stations are a great way to make a long class feel shorter or a large class feel smaller. Split your class into groups based on the number of stations you have. One of your stations can be a setting that allows you to work closely with some students, and other groups should have work that can be completely independently. This will give you the opportunity to give the students who need support your full attention. Don’t forget that you can do stations online too!
Flipped Classroom Pre-Reading
I’m a huge fan of the flipped classroom model because it gives students ownership of their own learning. By assigning my the Food Chains, Food Webs, and Energy Pyramids Guided Reading Worksheet as a pre-reading, you save valuable class time in which you would have been explaining the concepts from scratch. Don’t be afraid to hold your students accountable by assigning students to digest the “meat” of the lesson ahead of time.
Close Reading Strategies
Close reading is an essential skill that must be taught in all classrooms. Time and time again, students are showing that they are not prepared to read college level texts. Spoon feeding them isn’t going to solve this issue. We absolutely must increase the rigor in our classrooms when it comes to literacy, and teaching reading strategies is the path that will take our students where they need to be.
Differentiation can feel like a huge burden for teachers. How are we supposed to create several different variations of the same lesson or activity? In reality, we probably can’t. What we can do, though, is provide independent work packets for students who are not able to be present for direct instruction. We can make choice boards in which students will most likely differentiate for themselves, we can provide extension activities for early finishers, and we can provide extra practice for students who aren’t showing mastery.
I know as teachers we hear a lot about the benefits and drawbacks of homework. Whether or not you’re in support of homework, I’d just like to point out that it’s there as an option. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Interactive notebooks are unmatched in their ability to keep students organized and work in one place. I’m a huge fan of shrinking my worksheets down to fit in an interactive notebook. Sometimes I print 2 in one, cut them in half and just glue the sheets directly into pages of a notebook. Other times I transform multi-page PDFs into mini books (use these simple instructions if you’d like to try it) and insert the entire thing into a notebook.
Whether summative or formative, consider using these resources as an option for assessment
NGSS Standards Supported by the Food chains and Food Webs Worksheet with Answers
MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.
MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. Emphasis is on predicting consistent patterns of interactions in different ecosystems in terms of the relationships among and between organisms and abiotic components of ecosystems. Examples of types of interactions could include competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial.
MS-LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. Emphasis is on describing the conservation of matter and flow of energy into and out of various ecosystems, and on defining the boundaries of the system. Assessment does not include the use of chemical reactions to describe the processes.
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