This is an outdoor lab where students will be running and hunting pasta. The pasta used is tricolored, which will be used to represent prey in the simulation. The pasta usually comes in green, yellow, and red, so the natural rules of being outside and in the grass will provide camouflage, a natural adaptation, for the pasta.
There are two sets of worksheets that both involve recording data, assessing the data, and defending their thoughts. One set is used for small group and it requires taking percents. I used this with a quick write and research project in my lesson to fully meet the standards (I included this in my Ecology Adaptation Lesson in My Store).
Depending on your set up, this lab can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 45 minutes, but to changing up the classroom routine and getting students engaged I feel like is always worth the time.
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