Tadpoles, Frogs, And Crickets: Learning About The Food Chain

We just finished up a mini-unit on the food chain.  As always, I look for fun and free learning activities.  The kids had a blast learning about the food chain through free activities, videos, and crafts.

We watched this video explaining the food chain, food web, and energy pyramid:

It was no coincidence that I chose for the kids to explore the food chain once our tadpoles become frogs.  I knew that these frogs would need to eat crickets.  This would be our kids first interaction with the food chain.  I wasn’t sure if it was a good or bad thing that we recently learned about crickets (C is for Cricket).

While learning about crickets we read the book ‘Cricket In Times Square’ by George Selden.

I knew it would be difficult for the kids to feed Chester, the cricket in the book to their frogs.   However, once Alex and Ava understood the food chain they had not problem feeding our new frogs crickets every other day.

We had a great week filled with fun and free food chain learning!  We started with a copy of the food chain pyramid.  Click here to print.  They really enjoyed coloring this.

We then headed over to SheppardsSoftware.com for some interactive food chain learning!

Alex and Ava loved making, and playing with, stacking food chain cups.  They were super easy to make.  Alex looked through some magazines and cut out pictures of animals that would create a specific food chain.

He then glued them onto cups.  You could easily use toilet paper or paper towel tubes and just cut them so they will fit over one another for nesting cups.

 

And then you stack them in the correct order.

He liked finding pictures and creating his own food chain so much he did a few more on paper.

Alex and Ava really enjoyed the book Who Eats What:  Food Chains and Food Webs.

We always enjoy reading (and watching) The Magic School Bus in our homeschool lessons.

You can print free food chain worksheets at Turtlediary.com.  To print the following worksheet please click here.

I hope that you have fun learning about the food chain.  If you have any additional resources or your own learning adventures please share with me in the comments, thank you!

Next, we are moving to animal habitats!

If you enjoyed this post you may enjoy Discovering The Cell  or Learning About Planets.

To see a list of all of our learning lesson (with links) click here.

 

12 thoughts on “Tadpoles, Frogs, And Crickets: Learning About The Food Chain

  1. Becky Guzman says:

    I was wondering where you got the pictures for the stack able foam cups for the Me on the Map activity. They are perfect. Could you please send me the site,link or pictures. I would like to do it with my first grade students.

    Thanks so much
    Becky G

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  3. Paintstroke says:

    Love the cup idea! Just wanted to clarify something. I am a science educator and noticed that the arrows in the food chain poster are incorrectly drawn.(This is a common misconception.) The arrows represent the flow of energy in a food chain and as such, should be drawn from the organism that is eaten toward the organism that consumes it, not the other way around. Energy from the sun flows into the grass or plants, then goes into the cow and then into the tiger in your example.
    sun->grass->cow->tiger

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