Secondary School Resources
Make a Food Web Mobile
Make a marine food web mobile
The main activity is to create a marine mobile and to use the process of making it to learn about marine life and food chains. This activity could be completed in small groups, as a class or individually. Students can create and make objects (including plant plankton, fish and whales and dolphins) to hang on the mobile. The difficulty of the design and construction of these objects can be tailored to suit the abilities of students. This mobile could be made in an hour or so with a creative and organised group or take much longer, even days, if created in a more complex way and used as a starting point for further learning. This activity is designed to be flexible.
Teacher Notes (167KB)
Background Teacher Information Sheet (336KB)
The Background Teacher Information Sheet outlines the history of artistic mobile making. It describes one artist, Alexander Calder, who created sculptures that were called mobiles for the first time.
Document One (227KB)
Document One explains how to create a marine mobile and is aimed at higher level Primary or High School students.
Document Two (1.2MB)
Document Two is a simpler version of Document One for younger and less able students.
Document Three (1.4MB)
Document Three is designed for Primary students to provide inspiration on how to make plant plankton models for the mobile.
Document Four (895KB)
Document Four explains in detail how to make wire models of animals. These are more complicated and most suited to older or more able students.