Turn your students into an active ecosystem. This activity is similar to the classic Oh Deer simulation with a roadrunner and coyote twist.
This sequence of NGSS aligned activities/assessments includes two simulation activities in which students are in the roles of a population of roadrunners, a predator (coyote), and resources (food, water, shelter). Students collect, graph, and analyze data to look for cause and effect relationships in an ecosystem. Reading and writing pages are included along with rubrics and a multiple-choice assessment with short answers that can be used to analyze student understandings.
MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS2-1: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.]