Get ready to explore the life of your favorite animals! Each and every animal has a unique diet which is called a food chain. Your goal is to design a food chain for a specific animal to make sure they are living a healthy life. You will be learning about food chains, visiting the zoo to observe the animals, then making your own food chain using pictures you have taken! The zoo is an amazing place where there are many different animals. Enjoy your visit with the animals!


The Task:

Your task is to design your own unique food chain for your specific animal. Each group will center their resarch around one animal and create a food chain in the program Inspiration using pictures. The information that you will learn will come from prior lessons to the trip and what the you learn individually while at the zoo. You will use digital cameras to take pictures of various animals at the zoo and then upload them onto your computers. When you have the pictures on the computers you will make a detailed and creative food chain of one animal.


The Process:

  1. In class, you will learn about food chains, how they work, and how they were formed.
  2. The teacher will give you a lessons and work sheets on the process of the food chain.
  3. After you have brainstormed your food chain, it is time to take a trip to the zoo!!
  4. Save the pictures in a folder with the groups name on it.
  5. Insert pictures into Inspiration next to the animals' names.
  6. Print out your final food chain and make sure you save it to the computer!
  7. Once everyone has completed the task, all of the different groups will come together and discuss their findings.




Parts of Food ChainFood chain is incomplete.Leaves out 2 or more links in food chain; does not show an understanding of how animals are dependent on each other and their environment.Food chain is almost complete; leaves out only 1 link but demonstrates a basic understanding of how animals are dependent on each other and their environment.Food chain is complete and demonstrates an understanding of how animals are dependent on each other and their environment.

Beginning and ending of food chain

Not apparent.

Food chain does not begin with the sun or end with a top consumer.
Food chain is missing either the sun or top consumer.Both the sun and the top consumer is included in the food chain.

Not done in Inspiration.
Food chain is represented in Inspiration in a sloppy manner and is poorly organized.Food chain is clear but may be lacking creativity in Inspiration.Food chain is organized clearly and creative in Inspiration.

No presentation
Food Chain presentation is sloppy and poorly organized and not formatted correctly; may be lacking arrows.Food chain is clear but may be lacking format.Food chain is presented and organized clearly and is neatly formatted



After completing the final project for this lesson, students will be able to understand how food chains work and which animals are prey for others. By knowing this, students will understand how animals survive in the wild. The zoo helps the students because they can physically be there and witness how the animals live. Having a few lessons prior to taking a trip will prepare the children so they are not going into this project without any information at all. Along with having more knowledge in this science, students will know how to use Inspiration and digital cameras. Using the two technical objects are not just worked into the lesson as a plus. By using them, it helps students get more accustomed and up-to-date with technology. Children will use digital cameras for the rest of their lives, and starting at a young age will be very beneficial to them. Using Inspiration will prep the students for when they advance to higher levels of learning and being able to make webs and be creative with their projects. Starting at a young age helps because the students will have much more practice by the time they are doing larger projects and research papers.

Credits & References:

Food Chain Movie !!

Animal Picture from Title Page

Philadelphia Zoo


TigerDirect for Digital Cameras



PA.R.1.2.3.A.3>--- Make inferences from text when studying a topic (e.g., science, social studies) and draw conclusions based on text.PA.SCI.3.1.4.E.1>--- Recognize change as fundamental to science and technology concepts.PA.ENV.4.5.4.A.3>--- Know how pests fit into a food chain.PA.ENV.4.6.4.A.8>--- Understand the components of a food chain.

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