FoodPrints Curriculum

Food Chains


Habitats & Life Cycles

Standards Alignment:

Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

5th Grade


Winter / February


The purpose of this lesson is for students to explore food chains and investigate how living things acquire energy. Students will search for and learn to identify the roles of producers, consumers and decomposers in the food chain and search for examples of each one in the garden. They will also create food chains with recipe ingredients to further explore how we get energy from the sun. ​

Big Idea

Food, and the energy it provides, can be traced back to the sun through plants.

Guiding Questions

How do living things acquire energy?

What is the relationship between the sun and living things?