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Food chains: the desert

TLF ID L1143

Create food chains to describe interactions within a desert environment. Look at the feeding patterns between plants and animals. Arrange producers and consumers into a food chain such as spinifex>bilby>eagle. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students classify living things as producers (plants), primary consumers and secondary consumers (herbivores, carnivores or omnivores).
  • Students construct simple food chains.
  • Students identify plants as direct converters of energy from the Sun into a form that can be consumed by other living things.
  • Students explore the flow of energy from the Sun to plants and on to other living things.
Educational value
  • Introduces the concept of food chains built on energy captured from the Sun.
  • Students select the Sun and living things to complete four elements of a food chain.
  • Includes three levels that progressively increase in difficulty through reduction in visual cues.
  • Displays diagrams showing selected food chains within a desert environment.
  • Features animals with a range of feeding preferences.
  • Includes geometric shapes as visual cues to help students classify living things as plants, herbivores, omnivores or carnivores.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Animals
    • Science/Plants
    • Science/Ecology
    • Science/Food chains
    • Science/Interactions
    • Science/Local community
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Sydney NSW Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Colin Web
    • Organisation: University of Western Sydney
    • Address: Penrith NSW Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
    • any - minimum version: Microsoft Edge (Windows); Default Android Browser
    • Google Chrome - minimum version: 35+ (Windows, macOS, Android)
    • Firefox - minimum version: 45+ (Windows & Mac)
    • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 10+ (Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 7+ (Mac); Safari for iOS 9+ (iOS)
    Operating systems
    • ms-windows - minimum version: Vista+
    • macos - minimum version: 10.9+
    • ios - minimum version: 9+
    • android - minimum version: 5+
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2016, except where indicated under Acknowledgements. Unless otherwise indicated, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence