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1) What is a web? Explain and draw one.

October 9th

2) You know what a food chain is. What do you think a food web is? How are food chain and food web connected?

Web a network of fine threads constructed by a spider a complex system of interconnected elements (ex: world wide web)
Food Web Shows the complex network of feeding relationships and the flow of energy in an ecosystem. Is a connection of the individual food chains that exist in an ecosystem.

Learning Goal:
Analyze feeding relationships in a food web.

Success Criteria:
Accurately identify different trophic levels, producers, types of consumers, and the flow of energy in a food web.

What is a food web?


Animals usually eat many different things (generalists) and are involved in lots of different food chains:

plant
plant plant

aphid
moth moth

ladybug
spider blue tit

blue tit
chiffchaff owl

owl
owl

plant
plant

vole
vole

stoat
owl

These food chains can be put together in a food web, which shows the flow of energy and how the food chains are connected. What would the food web for these food chains look like?

LETS ACT IT OUT!!

Chiffchaff

plant

Blue tit

owl

stoat

vole
ladybug moth spider

10 volunteers to represent these 10 organisms in our food web.

Aphid (Plant lice)

Building our Food Web


The green arrows will be represented by pieces of string. Build the longest food chain (1) first. Then add food chain 2, then food chain 3, then food chain 4and at last food chain 5. 1 plant 2 plant 3 plant 4 plant 5 plant aphid moth moth vole vole ladybug spider blue tit stoat owl blue tit chiffchaff owl owl owl

Check your work

chiffchaff

owl
bluetit

stoat

moth ladybug

spider

vole

aphid

plant

Analyzing our Food Web: Who is a Producer: plant Primary consumer: vole, aphid, moth Secondary consumer: ladybug, stoat, spider, owl when it eats
vole, blue tit when it eats moth

Tertiary consumer: chiffchaff Quaternary consumer: owl when it eats blue tits and chiffchaff Herbivore: vole, aphid, moth Carnivore: stoat, spider, owl, blue tit, chiffchaff Omnivore: none How many trophic levels are there? 5

Independent Practice: The following organisms need to be placed at the correct trophic level in the food web.

a) b) c) d) e) f)

sea snail and cod starfish seaweed sea snail cod sun

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Ladybug

a) b) c) d) e)

ladybug, blue tit, or hawk greenfly Hawk oak tree ladybug

Exit Slip 1) A food chain contains oak trees (producer), mice (herbivore), black rat snakes (carnivore), and bald eagles (carnivore). How many trophic levels does this food chain have? a. one b. two c. three d. Four 2) Food webs are models that show a. one sequence of producers and consumers. b. networks of feeding relationships. c. stored energy in food chains. d. only primary consumers in an ecosystem.