Food Chains

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10472

Ever climb to the top of a pyramid? You're there if you eat food! With video, online games and quizzes, graphic organizers, and a choice of creative projects, learn about the ecosystem and food chain!


Life Science

learning style
Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


You know what you eat, but do you really KNOW what you eat? 

All species are vital, or important, to a food web. Living things depend on one another and their environment.

How are living things connected? Where do they get their energy? What happens if one living thing disappears? In this lesson, you will explore the parts and interconnections of food chains.

For this section, you will be watching two videos about food chains. As you watch, pause the videos to take notes using the Graphic Organizer – Notes located in the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

Watch Fabulous Food Chains: Crash Course Kids #7.1 below. Use the questions below as a guide to assist you in note taking:

  • Why do we use the energy in our food?
  • How does the energy get into our food?
  • Why are humans at the top of the food chain?
  • What is a food chain?
  • What do food chains show us in an ecosystem?
  • Where does all the energy that’s in a food chain start?
  • What happens when an animal eats grass?


Watch Food Chain | Food Web | Video for Kids by learning junction. Use the questions below as a guide to assist you with note-taking:

  • What is an example of a simple food chain at work? Draw it in your notes to help you visualize it.
  • What would happen if all of the deer disappeared?
  • What would happen if animals at the top of a food chain, such as the lions, were to disappear?
  • What are combined food chains called?
  • What is a food web?
  • What are the three major elements of a food chain? Describe each.
  • Explain herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and decomposers.
  • What would happen if even the smallest species disappeared from the food web?

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