Quick summary: In this activity students look at how climate change may affect the food webs and the trophic relationships within them. Students begin by refreshing their knowledge of food webs by working as a class to create an African grassland food web. Students will then break into groups to explore a number of different ecosystems and will investigate how these ecosystems might be impacted by climate change. Students are asked to create a short film or animation sharing their research.
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- Students understand what is meant by food chain, food web, trophic level and trophic relationships.
- Students understand that different ecosystems are comprised of unique food webs and trophic relationships.
- Students recognise that climate change will have impacts on the integrity of food webs.
- Students understand that although the impacts of climate change will affect different organisms in different ways, the whole food web will affected.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, ICT capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability – OI.1, OI.2.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 7 Science
- Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions (ACSSU112)
- Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS124)
- Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS13030)
- Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-4WS, SC4-7WS, SC4-9WS, SC4-15LW.
Topic: Climate change
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate activity
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, blackboard/whiteboard, computer-based or online movie or animation programs, animal names worksheet (click here to download), ball of string.
Digital technology opportunities: Computer-based or online animation or movie making program (e.g. Go Animate or Do Ink Animations), digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework or extension.
Keywords: Climate change, ecosystem, food web, food chain, trophic level, trophic relationship, energy transfer.
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