MS-LS2-2 Ecological Relationships Lab Stations Activity

MS-LS2-2 Ecological Relationships Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-LS2-2. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Ecological Relationships Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Discuss different types of ecological relationships, including competition, predation, commensalism, mutualism and parasitism.
2. Explain why competition occurs between organisms that occupy the same or overlapping niches.
3. Analyze and interpret data so to understand the cyclic changes in populations of a predator and its prey.
4. Compare and contrast commensalism, mutualism and parasitism.
5. Evaluate how a symbiotic relationship impacts the survival of the organisms involved in the relationship.
6. Consider the pros and cons of human intervention that aims to correct disrupted ecological relationships.

Science Skills Station
Students will complete a graphing activity so to study the predator-prey relationship. Specifically, students will use real data on the moose and wolf population if Isle Royale. Students will analyze and interpret changes in the population of moose and wolves so to describe how and why the populations change. They will evaluate current problems with the moose and wolf populations and evaluate whether humans should intervene to help correct the problems.

Narrative Station
Students will read about ecological relationships at this station. They will also watch a video to learn about specific examples of symbiotic relationships.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to ecological relationships. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will identify and discuss problems caused when a relationship between two organisms is disrupted. Students will evaluate how the disruption impacts the survival of the individual organisms differently (or similarly). Then students will consider if humans should intervene and if so, how they could intervene to correct the disruption.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
2 Computers or tablets
Colored pencils

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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Total Pages
28 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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