This week at Lexington Primary School we learned about the garden food chain. I explained to the kids that energy travels from the sun to a primary consumer (a plant), to a secondary consumer (typically an animal that eats plants), to a tertiary consumer (typically an animal that eats animals). Each student received four slips of paper and we used them to make food chains!
On the first paper we drew a sun. On the second paper each child drew a primary consumer such as lettuce, a carrot, or radishes. On the third paper each child drew a secondary consumer that would eat the plant they drew (sun –> carrot –> bunny). Then on the last paper, each child drew a tertiary consumer, something that would eat the secondary consumer (sun –> carrot –> bunny –> fox). We brainstormed other possible food chains and where humans are.
At the end of class we acted as secondary consumers by eating a garden fresh salad with lettuce straight from our beds!