Forest Food Pyramid Project (page 2)
Create a forest food web and discover the connections between animals that live in your area as well.
- 8-inch square piece of white cardstock paper
- Colored pencils
- Transparent tape
- Plant book for your area
- Animal book for your area
- Wild place to do research
- Now that you’ve explored the plants and animals near your home, let’s build a forest food pyramid! You can print out the template here and get started.
- From bottom to top, label the four parts of one triangle with the following names: producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer, ultimate consumer.
- Now it’s time to choose your characters. When you walked in the forest, what food chains did you see? Write a list of the animals and plants that you saw, and see if any of them fit together into a food chain. Sort them into producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, and ultimate consumers.
- For example: In a forest, one food chain might be a bird food chain: a plant makes leaves, a caterpillar eats the leaves, a small bird eats the caterpillar, and a hawk eats the small bird. Another food chain could involve mammals and reptiles. A plant makes seeds, a mouse eats the seeds, a snake eats the mouse, and a coyote eats the snake.
- From bottom to top, label the four parts of the second triangle with the names of the plants and animals on your food chain. You’ll begin with the plants at the bottom and put the name of the top predator at the top.
- On a third triangle, draw a picture of each plant or animal.
- To make your forest food web, cut along the fold line between the third triangle and the fourth triangle. The fourth doesn’t have any markings on it yet. Overlap the unmarked triangle and the third triangle and place tape on it where it overlaps. You’ve made a food pyramid!
It’s amazing how many connections there are between different plants and animals in the forest. How many food pyramids can you create for your area?
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