What will the students be doing?
In this hands-on activity
, students will simulate the biomagnification of a chemical (mercury or DDT) throughout a marine ecosystem. Students will then determine which organisms are most affected by the chemical. After this simulation, students will be able to define and explain biomagnification
This is a fun activity
to do with your students. Students will be working in pairs and using different sizes of cups to simulate organisms in a food chain. Students will be using candy such as skittles to simulate contaminated phytoplankton that is consumed by the primary consumers. After doing the simulation students will answer analysis questions and draw a food chain.
What is included?
- 4 student worksheets including
- description of task
- data table
- analysis questions to reflect on simulation
- one page of application questions
- 1 teacher answer key
This is what you need in addition:
- different sizes of cups
- candy (skittles)
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