Ecology and interdependence teaching resources

Worksheets and lesson ideas to challenge students aged 11 to 16 to think hard about ecology, interdependence and food chains (GCSE and Key Stage 3)

This clip from the Lion King can provide an excellent platform to introduce the concepts of food chains and nutrient cycling. Remember that to understand ecology students need to make sense of an enormous number of ecological terms. Many of these words have specific meanings but are often used incorrectly in general conversation. After watching the clip, students can construct food chains and consider why big, fierce creatures are rare. Challenge students to build the longest food chain – why can a food chain not go on indefinitely?


  1. Carbon cycle
  2. Ecological terms
  3. Food chains
  4. Habitats
  5. Sampling techniques and fieldwork

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