For our final unit of the year, my class worked on the food webs that are formed by the plants and animals of the forest. We started out by watching the Temperate Forest DVD from the Planet Earth video series. If you haven’t seen these videos, they are amazing and they were great to give my students a realistic view of the plants and animals in the forest.
Next, we talked about food webs and the transfer of energy between one organism and another, starting at the sun. I gave the students a template and they drew out a possible food web that might exist in a temperate forest. Then, the students used books and the internet to research each of the animals on their food web. They found the lifespan, predators, prey and adaptations of their animals. We used these sheets to research – feel free to download them free from Google Docs.
Finally, they used the information to create an interactive food web using www.prezi.com. Here is a student example from my class:
How have you used Prezi with your class?