Food Chains

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11572

What's a food chain? Is it something to tie down your food so no one steals your French fries? It's a way to show what animals eat. Learn the links from the sun up and draw a simple food chain!


Life Science

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • What do you think the diagram below is trying to show?

food web

Take a second to think about the things you eat.

Share with your parent or teacher something you like to eat. If you like to eat carrots, you are part of the carrot food chain. If you like to eat hamburgers, you are part of the hamburger food chain.


A food chain is a way to show what animals in a certain environment eat. This shows the flow of energy from one animal to another. For example, if you eat chicken, you are part of the same food chain as a chicken. You are at the top of the food chain, you eat the chicken, the chicken eats grass, and the grass gets its energy from the sun.


Take a look at the food chain below. You can see there is a cycle. Each living thing on the food chain eats one thing and is eaten by another animal. The leaf at the bottom of the food chain gets its energy from the sun, then is eaten by the caterpillar. The sun is always the first part of every food chain. If you are blessed enough to be at the top of the food chain, like the mongoose below, you don't have to worry about any predators snacking on you!

leaf to mongoose food chain

Image by Siyavula Education, via Flickr, is licensed under the CC BY 2.0 license.

You did a fantastic job interpreting the food chain above! Tell your parent or teacher what you learned about food chains before moving on to the next section.

When you are finished, move on to the next section to learn more about food chains.

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