Together with the Leslie Science & Nature Center, we will create a food chain using LIVE animals (hawk/owl, snake, frog, spider and roach). Starting with a roach as our decomposer, we will take a close look at 5 live animals (hawk/owl, snake, frog, spider and roach) on a guided tour up a food chain. On our journey we will discuss how these animals are all connected and learn about the delicate balance that allows them to survive both individually and as wildlife sharing a habitat.
- Grade level: K-12
- Cost: $175
Available: November-February (Tuesdays only)
Each Distance Learning program includes:
A 50-minute interactive program
A kit with materials for interactive experiments for 30 students
Extension activities and resources for further exploration
To make your program an enjoyable and memorable experience please be sure to review the Videoconferencing Tips
Please note: Your school or ISD must have videoconferencing equipment to participate in Distance Learning Programs.
U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.K-4.1; NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
understanding about scientific inquiry
U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.K-4.3; NS.5-8.3 Life Sciences
Characteristics of organisms
Organisms and environments
Structure and function in living systems
Populations and ecosystems
Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations, Science v.1.09
Identify and compare structures in animals used for controlling body temperature, support, movement, food-getting, and protection (for example: fur, wings, teeth, scales). (L.OL.03.32)
Classify animals on the basis of observable physical characteristics (backbone, body coverings, limbs). (L.OL.03.42)
Relate characteristics and functions of observable body parts to the ability of animals to live in their environment. (L.EV.03.12)
Determine that animals require air, water and a source of energy and building material for growth and repair. (L.OL.04.16)
Identify individual differences (color, leg length, size, wing size, leaf shape) in organisms of the same kind. (L.EV.04.21)
Identify how variations in physical characteristics of individual organisms give them an advantage for survival and reproduction. (L.EV.04.22)
Explain how behavioral characteristics of animals help them to survive in their environment. (L.EV.05.11)
Predict how changes in one population might affect other populations based upon their relationships in the food web. (L.EC.06.23)
Next Generation Science Standards
Students participating in this program will explore science content as stated in the Disciplinary Core Ideas. They will engage in science and engineering practices as they plan and conduct investigations to answer questions regarding the food chain.
- Plants and animals can change their environment.
ESS3.A: Natural Resources
- Living things need water, air, and resources from the land, and they live in places that have the things they need. Humans use natural resources for everything they do.
LS1.A: Structure and Function
- All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air.
- Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.
LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
- Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive.
LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
- All animals need food in order to live and grow. They obtain their food from plants or from other animals.
LS1.D: Information Processing
- Animals have body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information needed for growth and survival. Animals respond to these inputs with behaviors that help them survive. Plants also respond to some external inputs.
- Different sense receptors are specialized for particular kinds of information, which may be then processed by the animal’s brain. Animals are able to use their perceptions and memories to guide their actions.
LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
- Organisms, and populations of organisms, are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving factors.
- In any ecosystem, organisms and populations with similar requirements for food, water, oxygen, or other resources may compete with each other for limited resources, access to which consequently constrains their growth and reproduction.
- Growth of organisms and population increases are limited by access to resources.
- Similarly, predatory interactions may reduce the number of organisms or eliminate whole populations of organisms. Mutually beneficial interactions, in contrast, may become so interdependent that each organism requires the other for survival. Although the species involved in these competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial interactions vary across ecosystems, the patterns of interactions of organisms with their environments, both living and nonliving, are shared.
LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
- Food webs are models that demonstrate how matter and energy is transferred between producers, consumers, and decomposers as the three groups interact within an ecosystem. Transfers of matter into and out of the physical environment occur at every level. Decomposers recycle nutrients from dead plant or animal matter back to the soil in terrestrial environments or to the water in aquatic environments. The atoms that make up the organisms in an ecosystem are cycled repeatedly between the living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem.
LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
- Ecosystems are dynamic in nature; their characteristics can vary over time. Disruptions to any physical or biological component of an ecosystem can lead to shifts in all its populations.
LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
- Young animals are very much, but not exactly, like their parents. Plants also are very much, but not exactly, like their parents.
LS3.B: Variation of Traits
- Individuals of the same kind of plant or animal are recognizable as similar but can also vary in many ways.
LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
- There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.