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Arctic Food Web

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The Arctic is an inhospitable environment, but lots of animals and organisms call it home. In this activity, you will create a food web, exploring and linking Arctic wildlife.

Ages 11+

20 minutes

It is often quite tricky to ‘see’ all the relationships between the different plants and animals in an ecosystem and so scientists use the idea of a food web to show how different life in the Arctic is connected.

As you start to place the different organisms in place, you will start to see the web develop. The Arctic requires a balance between the different living things. If any of the individual animals or plants are affected by human activity or natural events, then the whole Arctic is affected.

Activity steps
  1. Cut out the individual organisms and animals on the first page.
  2. On the second page you will find the food web template. We have placed one organism, the copepod, in place. What do you think the copepod feeds on?
  3. Begin to fill in the rest of the food web by placing the animals and organisms in place.
  4. Once you have completed your food web, you can glue the pieces in place.
  5. Consider what might happen if one of the animals were to become extinct - what would happen to the rest of the web?
  6. Answer the summary questions about the small, but very important, copepod.
Safety guidance
  • This activity requires cutting out. This will need to be done using adult supervision.

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