Food Web Research Project

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Food Web Research Project
You will research a biome. You will begin reading about the biome and the ecosystems within the biome. You will then select an ecosystem within your biome and research the food webs and food chains. You will gather information, create a food chain diagram, create a food web diagram, write a three-paragraph essay, create an energy pyramid mobile representing your ecosystem’s food web, and present your project to a small group (representing diverse biomes).

  1. Assigned or selected biome; background reading on biome

  2. Ecosystem selection (with guidance)

  3. Notes on ecosystem food web (15-20 cards; minimum of two food chains) 10 points

  4. Organize Essay (outline; four square) 5 points

  5. Food Chain Diagram (choose one chain) 5 points

  6. Food Web Diagram (minimum of two food chains) 10 points

  7. Energy Pyramid Mobile (minimum of two food chains; sun must be included) 10 points

  8. Presentation 5 points

  9. Essay 15 points

Total: 60 Points

Food Web Essay Organizer

Paragraph One: Background Information

Introduce the biome and ecosystem within the biome. You may include location, climatic, and other geographic information in this paragraph. Your last sentence is your leading sentence (thesis statement).

Paragraph Two: Food Web/Food Chains

Begin with a strong topic sentence. Explain the food web, the interdependence of the animals and plants, and use the following vocabulary: producers, consumers, food web, food chain, energy, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, decomposers, scavengers, and interdependent (or interconnected). It will lead to the next paragraph. You must show the interdependence of one species on another. Remember to explain the energy flow. It is in this paragraph that your research will be shared.

Paragraph Three: This is your closing paragraph. Here is where you discuss what happens if one member of the web is removed. You may also choose to include information about the future of this ecosystem and what can be done to help support it. Include information about the impact, positive/negative, of natural and human actions.

Food Web Research Project Rubrics

Research Notes

5 4 3 2 1

5 4 3 2 1

Biome, ecosystem, food web, food chain

Notes are varied. An attempt to be complete and thorough is apparent. Focused vocabulary is included and understood.

Student questions/wonderings are clear.

Notes are clearly written and have few/if any mechanical errors. Number of notes meets the minimum requirement. Citations are included.

Organization of Essay

5 4 3 2 1

Outline; Four Square; Rough Draft; Other

The notes are clearly organized into an introduction, body, and conclusion. Evidence of a thesis statement and topic sentence is shown. Thought is given to how the essay will close.

Comments/Total Points

Food Chain

5 4 3 2 1

Food Chain Diagram

The food chain illustration includes four members. The energy direction is indicated and explained. Illustrations/graphics are included. The diagram is neatly presented.

Comments/Total Points

Food Web

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Food Web Diagram

The food web illustration includes a minimum of two food chains. The energy direction is clearly indicated. The web includes a combination of drawings and graphics. The diagram is neat and colorful.

Comments/Total Points

Energy Pyramid Mobile

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Energy Pyramid Mobile

The mobile includes a minimum of two food chains and the sun is included. The pyramid shows the distribution of energy. The mobile is neat, colorful, and well presented. Each level is labeled and identified. There are few/no errors in spelling.

Comments/Total Points

Presentation to Small Group

5 4 3 2 1

Presentation to Small Group

Student shared either the Energy Pyramid Mobile or the Food Web. The information presented was thorough and well organized. The student included the focus vocabulary (producer, consumer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, energy flow, interdependence). The student spoke clearly and was prepared.

Comments/Total Points

Food Web Essay





All content requirements were met or exceeded. Interesting facts.

Most of the content requirements were met. Good support.

Few facts were shared. Interdependence was not clearly stated.


Content was logically organized. Thesis statement, topics sentences, and transitions were effective. There were three well developed paragraphs.

Content was organized in a satisfactory manner. Lacking some fluency (thesis, topic sentences, transitions). Needed further development.

Little support provided. Lacking development. May not have three paragraphs. Little fluency.


There were few if any errors in mechanics.

Some errors in mechanics.

Many errors in mechanics.

Comments/Total Points

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