Food webs and climate change

Food webs and climate change

Lesson 3 of 9 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Conservation
  • Land Management
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this activity students look at how climate change may affect the food webs and the trophic relationships within them. Students begin by refreshing their knowledge of food webs by working as a class to create an African grassland food web. Students will then break into groups to explore a number of different ecosystems and will investigate how these ecosystems might be impacted by climate change. Students are asked to create a short film or animation sharing their research.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand what is meant by food chain, food web, trophic level and trophic relationships
  • understand that different ecosystems are comprised of unique food webs and trophic relationships
  • recognise that climate change will have impacts on the integrity of food webs
  • understand that although the impacts of climate change will affect different organisms in different ways, the whole food web will affected.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 Science:

  • Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions (ACSSU112)
  • Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS124)
  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS130)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-4WS, SC4-7WS, SC4-9WS, SC4-15LW

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate activity

Resources required

  • Internet access
  • Student worksheet
  • Blackboard/whiteboard
  • Computer-based or online movie or animation programs
  • Animal names worksheet (click here to download)
  • Ball of string

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