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Arctic food chain

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, AXA Arctic Live 2020 live lessons will be delivered as a virtual event, with speakers joining from where they are, rather than from the UK's Arctic Research Station.

This food chain activity introduces young people to a range of living things that they may come across during an Arctic expedition. Students will be asked to identify, classify and group organisms to build an Arctic food chain mobile.

Broadcast on Tue 5 May 2020
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11

Jamie will be demonstrating this live activity and will have the animal 'cards' already cut out. If you wish to follow live, students can colour in the different Arctic organisms in advance; and cut them out stick them to the front of a piece of cardboard with the description card stuck to the back. Do not complete the description yet.

Session outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

Jamie will open the session with a welcome and brief introduction to the expedition and any shout-outs to registered classes.

In this activity, students will create a series of food chains connecting different creatures that live in the Arctic. This will show how life in the frozen north is connected.

2. Subject knowledge (10 mins)

Jamie will then introduce some of the types of life that can be found in the Arctic and discuss how they are related through predator-prey relationships. During this time, you can distribute the resources to students.

3. Activity time (15 mins)

Jamie will begin assembling the different food chains found in the Arctic and subsequently the food web mobile, students follow along in real-time. At this point, you can submit your students’ questions via the live chat.

4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)

After completing the activity Jamie will be able to answer pre-submitted questions and take part in the live chat. At the end of the broadcast, Jamie will suggest some other activities you might like to try and what's coming up in the rest of Arctic Live 2020.


AL2020 Speaker Jamie

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

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