Learning Exercise

The Food Chain

This assignment allows students to distinguish between a herbivore, carnivore and omnivore and where they are placed in the food chain. Also, students will distinguish between a producer and a consumer.
Course: Biology

Observe simulation of altering a food chain. What happens when you remove an organism from a food chain? see more


1. Read through the background information and define the following terms:
Herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, producer, consumer
2. Place the above terms in the hierarchy of the food pyramid.
3. Explain why there are more herbivore than there are carnivore?
4. Explain how energy is transfer or lost from one level to the next?
5. Complete the food chain reaction game and have student come up with their own
food chain.
6. Write a short essay explaining the effect of removing an organism from the
food chain.
7. Have students compare their food chain they designed with others and see if
there is any interconnected relationships among the food chains.
8. Introduce students to the concept of a food web.
9. Have students create a food web by completing the "Food Web" worksheet from
the menu.


General knowledge of the food web and the transfer of energy through the food pyramid.


Food Web

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to complete a simulation of a food chain with accuracy.
Students will learn the negative effect of removing one organism from the food chain.