If you have an ocean lover, you will not want to miss these ocean food web worksheets. They show you what animals eat from algae up to dolphins.
And for more learning fun, check out this list of Ocean Worksheets for kids!
Food chains simplify things too much and just show a successive chain of animals that eat each other. Food webs are more realistic because one animal eats more than one type of food but there are a simple version and a more complex one for older kids to match the level they’re working at.
The food web not only shows what animal eats what but shows how energy is transferred from one animal to another.
Producers can make their own food from photosynthesis, things like algae and plankton. They are called autotrophic.
Consumers eat other animals to get their energy because they cannot make their own food and are known as heterotrophic.
In the food web, the arrow points from the animal who is being eaten to the animal who is eating.
So if we had algae and a shrimp, the arrow would flow from the algae towards the shrimp.
The food web has different trophic levels. I like the image found here on to show the trophic level pyramid.
The producers are found in a great abundance, particularly in the ocean there are a lot of algae and plant for consumers to eat.
Producers are consumed by herbivorous consumers, and then they are consumed on 1st level carnivorous consumers. Then there are 2nd and 3rd level carnivorous consumers and then at the top of the pyramid, you have the top predators like shark and dolphins.
Try these fun ocean activities for kids to extend their learning.
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Recommended Ocean Books for Kids
When you’re learning about the ocean be sure to have a handy ocean encyclopedia to have great visuals on hand to show your kids.
Then I love finding good fiction stories about the ocean because those always bring the ocean alive and show your kids what it’s like to be in the ocean.
Ocean: A Visual EncyclopediaWho Eats What?: Food Chains and Food Webs (Let’S-Read-And-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)Ocean Food Chains (Food Chains and Webs)The Big Book of the BlueShark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless ScientistThe Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
Recommended Ocean Activity Kits
Check out these ocean-themed activity kits to be paired with any of the ocean books.
Are you looking for shark printables? Homeschooling will be exciting as kids learn all about sharks with these fun worksheets.
Get this activity kit for your little ocean-lover.
Recommended Ocean Documentaries
Books are great but you can’t do any justice to the ocean without seeing it in person. For those of us who can’t visit an ocean we have to live vicariously through documentaries, these are a must see for any child.
Print out these food web worksheets for an interactive way for your kids to learn about the ocean food chain.
Download the ocean food web worksheets below
I hope your child will enjoy learning more about ocean animals and how important their favorite creature is in the food web.
More Ocean Activities
Dive into the world of a jellyfish with these fun jellyfish worksheets for kids and have a chance to study their anatomy, life cycle, diet, and more!
Do you want to find out the stages of a jellyfish’s life? Get this free life cycle of a jellyfish worksheet for your little one.
Ocean Themed ABC Spin & Color from 3 Dinosaurs
Ocean Coloring Pages for Preschoolers from Homeschool Preschool