Seal the Loop - Marine food webs

Seal the Loop - Marine food webs

Lesson 1 of 3 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Science
  • The Arts
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Oceans
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this activity students explore the idea of food webs by investigating local marine food webs. They are asked to create a short film or animation that describes the food web they investigated and to present this film to the class for assessment.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand what is meant by food chain, food web, trophic level and trophic relationships
  • understand that marine ecosystems are comprised of unique food webs and trophic relationships.

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)
  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS130)

Year 7 Media Arts:

  • Develop and refine media production skills to shape the technical and symbolic elements of images, sounds and text for a specific purpose and meaning (ACAMAM068)
  • Plan, structure and design media artworks that engage audiences (ACAMAM069)

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-7WS, SC4-15LW.

Time required: 2 x 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion and oversee activity.

Resources required

  • Student worksheet
  • Internet access
  • Access to local zoo or marine centre (optional).

Additional Info

Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to introduce Zoos Victoria’s Seal the Loop program. You’ll be joining other amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change. Go to Zoo Education Online to find further support for you to help you develop your own Seal the Loop program.

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