All Food Webs Have a Story

Introduction

Food Webs and Food Cycles

Who is eating who?

In this WebQuest students will apply their understanding of food chains to create their own online storybook.

Lesson Objectives:

Students will be able demonstrate mastery in the study of food cycles through research and creatively applying concepts as they use food cycle concepts to create a story. 

After completing the WebQuest students will produce a completed digital story which accurately outlines a food web. 

Task

This WebQuest has several tasks and will take a couple of days. 

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#1. You will review food webs AKA food cycle information by viewing a YouTube video and completing the worksheet.

#2. You will select an animal to do your project on.

#3. You will research the animal's food web, answering the questions on the provided worksheet.

#4. You will write a story about your animal using it's food web as a key part of your story plot.

#5. You will use your story to create an online story book using StoryBird. 

 

Process

TASK #1 

To review the feeding connections in an ecological community please go to YouTube and watch Podcast 1- Food Webs Video. Once you have watched the video complete the worksheet provided by your teacher.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6vhPut-3og

TASK #2

#2. You will select an animal to do your project on. You can select any Herbivore or Carnivore. 

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TASK #3

 #3. You will research the animal's food web answering the questions on the provided worksheet.

TASK #4:

You will write a story about your animal using it's food web as a major part of you story's plot. 

 

Your story should include the following:

- Tell us about your animal

- Where does your animal live?

- The 'Food Cycle' you completed for your animal on your worksheet

- Try to make your story fun, exciting, silly or even scary!

THE STORY REQUIREMENTS ARE:

  • The story can be funny, cute, or scary. Use your imagination! It does need to be a story with a plot and details that make it interesting. 
  • The story needs to describe the animal's food web. The story should have at least 2 producers before your animal and 2 consumers after your animal.
  • Students should check their story for spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Students should use sentence structure skills. Please, no fragment sentences or run-on sentences.

TASK #5

You will create an online story book using STORYBIRD (c). 

Remember to save your project often! When you are done please email the link to your teacher.

STORYBIRD REQUIREMENTS 

  • Students will take the story they wrote for task 4 and turn it into an online book!
  • Students will go to www.storybook.com and log-in. If you forgot your log-in information please see your teacher. 
  • Students should use appropriate graphics that are actually part of your story. 
  • Your StoryBird story should be at least 6 pages long. (Remember you get to add graphics, it doesn't have to  be 6 pages of just writing!)

DON'T FORGET THE STORY REQUIREMENTS! 

THE STORY REQUIREMENTS ARE:

  • The story can be funny, cute, or scary. Use your imagination! It does need to be a story with a plot and details that make it interesting. 
  • The story needs to describe the animal's food web. The story should have at least 2 producers before your animal and 2 consumers after your animal.
  • Students should check their story for spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Students should use sentence structure skills. Please, no fragment sentences or run-on sentences.

When you are done please save your project and email the link to your teacher. 

Evaluation

Conclusion

All organisms need energy and matter to live. Every living thing is connected to other living things in a food web someway. 

Congratulations on completing a food web for the animal of your choice and then using that food web to create an AWESOME story. 

Credits

YouTube Video:

Podcast 1- Food Webs: HammoudZee @ YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6vhPut-3og

Worksheets

Food Web Video Worksheet: 

https://www.superteacherworksheets.com/food-chain.html

Food Web Research Paper Worksheet:

JaNae Burger

StoryBird Food Web Rubric:

JaNae Burger 

Pictures:

Food chain picture on Intro page:

www.epa.gov

Storybird Imagine: Screenshot of the Storybird homepage @

www.storybird.com

Youtube Video: Screenshot of the YouTube Video Podcast1-Food Web @ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6vhPut-3og

Animal border:

www. backyardchickens.com

Teacher Page

4th Grade Common Core Standards Addressed

Life Science Grade Four: All organisms need energy and matter to live and grow. As a basis for understanding this concept:

  • a. Students know plants are the primary source of matter and energy entering most food chains.

    b. Students know producers and consumers (herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and decomposers) are related in food chains and food webs and may compete with each other for resources in an ecosystem.

    c. Students know decomposers, including many fungi, insects, and microorganisms, recycle matter from dead plants and animals.

ELA-Literacry Grade Four: 

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3a Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3b Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3c Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely

Digital Literacy and Technology Common Core

2.4.8. Create projects that use text and various forms of graphics, audio, and video (with proper citations) to communicate ideas.  

2.4.9. Use teacher‐developed guidelines to evaluate multimedia presentations for organization, content, design,  presentation, and appropriate use of citations. 

Lesson Objectives:

Students will be able demonstrate mastery in the study of food cycles through research and project-based learning. 

After completing the WebQuest students will produce a completed story which creatively outlines a food web.