Cycle of Life 1

Cycle of Life 1


This activity gives you the chance to learn more about food chains and how almost all kinds of animals’ food can be traced back to plants and that the sun is often the ultimate source of energy needed for all organisms to stay alive and grow.


To begin, view the Food Chain movie.

Click on “Play the Movie” to begin. At any time during the movie, you can select one of four icons (rewind, skip back, pause, skip forward) on the bottom right of the screen to review any information that you might have missed or didn’t understand. You also can wait until it is over and play the movie again.

Now, go to the Chain Reaction website to play the online activity. Once there, click the “Play the Game” icon. Then click “Start” to begin the Chain Reaction!

Click the “Next” button in the lower right corner to move through the screens and read information about the food chain. The final screen allows you to put two different food chains together: Northern Food Chain and Forest Food Chain.

Choose the Northern Food Chain first. Once you are at that screen, use your mouse to click on and drag the parts of the food chain into the empty boxes. Be sure to put the objects in the right order to make the food chain! Once finished, click on “Test the Food chain” to see how you did.

Next, a message will come up that asks: “What do you think will happen if you take the fish out of the food chain?” Click on the fish to find out!

After you do the Northern Food Chain, click on the Forest Food Chain and do that one!

Now that you’ve gone through the Food Chain site and the Chain Reaction site, answer the questions on your Cycle of Life 1 student sheet.

To test your knowledge about what you’ve learned so far, go to the Food Chains Quiz. Answer questions 1 through 14.

Knowledge Check

Write one to two paragraphs on what the main points of this lesson are and what you learned that was the most interesting to you. Include (at minimum) the following words in your writing piece: sun, producer, consumer, decomposer, plants, animals, photosynthesis, food web, and food chain.

Next, create/draw your own food chain to turn in for review.

This esheet is a part of the Cycle of Life 1: Food Chain lesson.

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