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Food Chain Vocabulary
Updated: 7/21/2017
Food Chain Vocabulary
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Food Chains and Webs

Lesson Plans by Oliver Smith

Every living thing needs nutrition. Some organisms, like plants, create their own through photosynthesis; others get nutrition by consuming other living things. This nutrition provides living things with the energy they need to carry out their life processes. Every living thing is part of a food chain. Fortunately for humans, we are at the top of most food chains, but even we still have predators. These activities will help students create food chains and understand how they are different than food webs.

Food Chains

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Food Chain Vocabulary science diagram

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  • Herbivore
  • Producer
  • Consumer
  • Omnivore
  • An herbivore is a living thing that gets its nutrients from only eating plants.
  • An organism that is the start of the food chain is a producer. Producers are usually green plants that use photosynthesis to make food.
  • A living organism that eats another living organism is a consumer.
  • Predator
  • An omnivore is a living thing that gets its nutrients by consuming both plants and other animals.
  • Carnivore
  • Food Chains
  • Prey
  • A predator is any animal that kills for food. They are carnivores and secondary or tertiary consumers.
  • A living thing that gets its nutrients from only eating other animals is a carnivore.
  • The animal that gets eaten by the predator is called prey.

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