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Food Chain Game

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Food Chain Game

In this outdoor game, learners role play populations linked in a food chain. The resource suggests a chain with plant, grasshopper, frog, and hawk, but other food chains can be role-played, for example plankton, anchovy, salmon, sea lion. The more "animals" (learners!) the merrier for this active game.

Quick Guide

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • sashes of different colors
  • sandwich-bag
  • 4-5 liters of popped popcorn (or beans, acorns, etc)
  • data board
  • marking pen
  • kitchen timer with bell (or watch and verbal signals)
  • roll of 2.54 cm (1 inch) making tape


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Populations
      • Energy Flow and Chemical Cycles

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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