Lion Country Safari
(Designed for Grade 7)
To show students how organisms in an ecosystem interact and how those interactions affect each organism.
Food webs show how many different food chains interconnect in an ecosystem. Each one follows how energy and nutrients flow from one organism to another before they are recycled back into the food web. Each organism plays its part in a food web and they all interact with each other in different ways. This program will help students learn about the roles each organism plays in a food web and how they interact with each through different relationships. Students will be able to identify limiting factors in an ecosystem, both natural and unnatural.
This program meets the following Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and is STEAM compliant:
SC.7.L.17.1: Explain and illustrate the roles of and relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in the process of energy transfer in a food web (assessed as SC.7.L.17.2 on the Statewide Science Assessment).
SC.7.L.17.2: Compare and contrast the relationships among organisms such as mutualism, predation, parasitism, competition, and commensalism (parent benchmark on the Statewide Science Assessment).
SC.7.L.17.3: Describe and investigate various limiting factors in the local ecosystem and their impact on native population, including food, shelter, water, space, disease, parasitism, predation, and nesting sites (assessed as SC.7.L.17.2 on the Statewide Science Assessment).
- Ask students to identify a local food web. Have students identify the producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, and decomposers.
- Ask students to list ways that humans impact food webs.
- Distribute an Interdependence pre-visit worksheet (link above) for each student to complete.
- Ask students to create their own food web from a habitat of their choice.
- On their visit, ask students to complete the Interdependence post-visit worksheet. Discuss their results in your classroom.