Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Coniferous Forest Food Chain Puzzles

Coniferous Forest Food Chain Activity

If you are teaching about coniferous forest habitats, then you may also be ready to move on to food chains and food webs. This is a hands-on activity for introducing and practicing making food chains. This one is specifically for a coniferous forest and it takes the form of a puzzle. It is perfect for group work and stations. Use it to introduce terms like 'producer' and 'consumer' and also to show how energy passes from one organism to another. In a traditional food chain, this is done with arrows, but with this, the arrows are built-in because puzzle pieces are arrow shaped. 

Coniferous Forest Food Chain

The producers in this set include: pine tree, pine needles, pinecone, log, fern, berries, plant, grass, and moss. The consumer organisms in this coniferous food chain set are: moose, bear, vole, owl, beaver, cougar, mushroom, flying squirrel, deer, man, mouse, weasel, shrew, owl, beetle, skunk, rabbit, bobcat, caterpillar, bird, turkey, elk, wolf, squirrel, fox, snake, coyote, mole, raccoon, and porcupine. The cards are placed in chronological order on the first six pages.
 
Tip: After this activity is done, the cards can be cut in small rectangles and used to make a food web. Students can work on this in groups. The one in the picture below only used about half of the consumers in the set. So the food webs can be as big or as small as your students can make them.
Forest Food Web

My Coniferous Forest Food Chain Puzzles are available here at my TpT collection. 
Coniferous Forest Organisms in food chain
 

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