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This activity is a great way to show students how complex food webs are.
Time Required: 50 minutes
Classroom set-up: Supply each student (or pair of students) with the three worksheets “Marine Food Web”, “Marine Organisms”, and “What do I eat?” (download PDF). Supply markers, scissors, and glue.
Have students answer the following questions using their completed marine food web.
Sun >> Phytoplankton >> Zooplankton >> Small fish >> jellyfish >> Sea Turtle
6-8.RST.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
6-8.RST.7. Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
Colleen Miks received her Bachelors of Science in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University. She received her Masters of Education from Plymouth State University and teaches Earth and Space Science at Sossaman Middle School in Gilbert Arizona.
Dr. Biology. (2013, May 28). Plankton Activity For Teachers . ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved September 21, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/experiments/plankton/for-teachers
Dr. Biology. "Plankton Activity For Teachers ". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 28 May, 2013. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/experiments/plankton/for-teachers
Dr. Biology. "Plankton Activity For Teachers ". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 28 May 2013. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 21 Sep 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/experiments/plankton/for-teachers