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Image Concept cartoon: producers

TLF ID R11933

This image is a concept cartoon. It shows a boy and a girl discussing food chains. One character is stating that producers are always at the start of a food chain, while the other character is refuting this. The cartoon is intended as a stimulus for further discussion of the concept.




Educational details

Educational value
  • This concept cartoon can be used as a diagnostic assessment tool to uncover students' pre-existing misconceptions, or alternative conceptions, about the nature of producers that are found at the start of food chains. The concept cartoon can be used as a prompt for class discussion to elicit any such understandings that students might hold.
  • Misconceptions, or alternative conceptions, can be difficult to shift from students' thinking. However, by challenging these ideas with a number of counter examples, students may begin to consider other, more accurate, explanations for phenomena. For instance, a student who mistakenly thinks that plants are always at the start of a food chain could be exposed to other resources that show marine organisms such as phytoplankton and microbes, which photosynthesise or perform chemosynthesis.
  • The image can be used as a summative assessment tool at the end of a unit on producers. The scenario shown could be used to check if individual students hold a limited understanding of the role of producers in food chains. If this is the case, they may need assistance to build a richer understanding of the concept before moving on to consider more complex situations such as how food chains interact to form food webs.
Year level

4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9

Learning area
  • Science

Other details

Contributors
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Content provider
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Hearing independence
Learning Resource Type
  • Image
Rights
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.