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Food Chains – Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 4 pages | Grades: 2 - 3

Use this worksheet to identify and describe the flow of energy in a food chain.

Assess Student Understanding With Our Food Chain Worksheet

What is a food chain? A food chain describes how energy moves through an ecosystem. It shows how organisms are related to each other by the food that they eat. Food chains always start with a producer and end with an apex predator or decomposer.

With this science worksheet, students will use their understanding of food chains to answer questions about how energy flows through the chain. Students are also asked to draw their own food chain to show understanding of how living things depend on others for survival.

An answer key is included with your download to make grading fast and easy! 

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

For students who need a bit of a challenge, encourage them to predict what might happen if one of the organisms becomes extinct or there are too many of that species. 

For students who may need additional support, invite them to review previous lessons, assignments, or anchor charts. Additionally, this worksheet can be completed in a 1:1 setting or with a small group. 

🖨️ Easily Download & Print

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete. 

To save paper, we suggest printing this 2-page worksheet double-sided. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks. 

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This resource was created by Melissa McLaren, a teacher in Massachusetts and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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