Walking Up a Food Chain

by  Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

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Together with the Leslie Science and Nature Center, we will create a food chain using LIVE animals (such as hawk/owl, snake, frog, spider and roach). Starting with a roach as our decomposer, we will take a close look at 5 live animals on a guided tour up a food chain. On our journey we will discuss how these animals are all connected and learn about the delicate balance that allows them to survive both individually and as wildlife sharing a habitat. *Materials for this event will be emailed

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Point to Point: $175.00
By Request: $175.00

Price includes shipping fee. *Additional cost for international shipping. For international programs where shipping costs are prohibitively expensive, we will send digital supplies instead of a physical kit.

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50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

30 *Additional fee for more participants*

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is available year round

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made up to 72 hours prior to your scheduled program will be refunded (less a $25 administrative fee.) The $25 administrative fee is waived if you reschedule. If a cancellation is made less than 72 hours before the scheduled program, no refund will be issued.

In the event of weather related school closings or power outages, programs will be rescheduled. If you choose not to reschedule your make-up distance learning program, payment will be refunded less a $25 administrative fee. In the case of program cancellation, the participating site is responsible for rescheduling and/or returning the provided kit materials.

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Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum provides an opportunity for people of all ages to discover and enjoy the wonder of science, math and technology in an interactive environment that promotes science literacy through experimentation, exploration, and education. Our distance learning programs are as interactive and hands-on as a visit to our museum! All programs include a kit of materials that includes everything students need to engage with our educators*

MISSION: Creating moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM and the natural world. 

VISION: A world where curiosity today leads to more purposeful lives tomorrow.  

*Additional costs apply for international shipping

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Program Details


I. Welcome and Introduction
II. Food Chain discussion with live animal observations
III. Interactive Food Chain activity
IV. Questions and conclusion


- To understand the importance of the food chain to an ecosystem
-To explore different parts of the food chain
-To understand how animals adapt to better fit in the food chain

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.K-4.1; NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understanding about scientific inquiry
NS.K-4.3; NS.5-8.3 Life Sciences
Characteristics of organisms
Organisms and environments
Structure and function in living systems
Populations and ecosystems
Diversity and adaptations of organisms

State Standards

L.OL.03.32 Identify and compare structures in animals used for controlling body temperature, support, movement, food-getting, and protection.
L.OL.03.42 Classify animals on the basis of observable physical characteristics.
L.EV.03.12 Relate characteristics and functions of observable body parts to the ability of animals to live in their environment.
L.OL.04.16 Determine that animals require air, water, and a source of energy and building material for growth and repair.
L.EV.04.21 Identify individual differences in organisms of the same kind.
L.EV.04.22 Identify how variations in physical characteristics of individual organisms give them an advantage for survival and reproduction.
L.EV.05.11 Explain how behavioral characteristics of animals help them to survive in their environment.
L.EC.06.23 Predict how changes in one population might affect other populations based upon their relationships in the food web.