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Food Webs vs. Food Chains – Instructional Slide Deck

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide | 1 page | Grades: 3 - 5

Learn the difference between a food chain and a food web with this 18-slide instructional slide deck.

Food Chain vs. Food Web

Are your students learning how to describe the flow of energy through food chains and food webs? Are they learning to predict how changes in an ecosystem affect a food chain or web? Teach Starter has you covered with this instructional slide deck if you are looking for teaching material to either start your unit or review before a test.

With this Food Webs vs. Food Chains slide deck, students will not only learn about the flow of energy between organisms, but they also have opportunities to create their own chains and webs. Students will learn how food chains and webs work together to maintain balance and biodiversity. 

Through this activity, students will identify and describe the flow of energy in a food chain and food web. Students will also predict how changes in a food chain affect the ecosystem, such as the removal of foxes from a forest.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your science lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this instructional slide deck to enhance learning through guided science groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by only presenting a few slides at a time. Allow students to understand the meaning of a food chain before moving to a food web. 

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

If there are students who need a bit of a challenge, encourage them to think of scenarios where a food chain or food web might be affected by overpopulation or hunting. Students can write a paragraph and draw a diagram to accompany their ideas. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the Download button to access the editable Google Slides version of this resource. 


This resource was created by Madison Boatwright, a teacher in North Carolina and Teach Starter Collaborator.]

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