Symbiosis Activity

Symbiosis Activity
Symbiosis Activity
Symbiosis Activity
Symbiosis Activity
Symbiosis Activity
Symbiosis Activity
Symbiosis Activity
Symbiosis Activity
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59 MB|22 pages
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This is one product that can be found in our Symbiosis bundle:

Students will love this fun and funny activity that leads to symbiosis mastery. There is nothing out there like it because it is a Headway™ original!

Students complete 3 tasks: one is done individually, one with a partner and one with someone disrupting their work. These tasks and the way in which they are done represent three types of symbiotic relationships: commensalism, mutualism and parasitism.

The cards in this product are different than the ones in our other symbiosis products.

What’s included in this product. . .
• Advance Preparation Directions with pictures
• Pictures showing the best way to complete the task
• Quick Formative Assessment
• Task Cards
• Student Handout
• Exit ticket

Materials you’ll need . . .
• 30 paper cups per pair (small Dixie cups work great)
• 4 pieces of candy per pair, some other reward such as tiny erasers from some place like Oriental Trading Company or you could give extra credit points.
• Tasks cards
• Envelopes for tasks cards
• Optional: 3 different colors of card stock for printing the task cards on.

Symbiosis is a close, prolonged association between two or more organisms of different species that may, but not necessarily, benefit each member. At the upper elementary level and the middle school level, the focus is on the following symbiotic relationships: predator-prey, mutualism, parasitism and commensalism. In a predator –prey relationship, one organism hunts, captures and consumes another organism (prey). The prey typically has adaptations that help them avoid predation. Examples of organisms in a predator-prey relationship are lion/zebra and polar bear/seal. In a mutualistic relationship, both organisms benefit. Examples of mutualism are clownfish/sea anemone and aphids/ants. Over time two organisms may evolve into one organism, as seen with lichens. Lichen is a plant where strands of algae have linked to the roots and branches of fungus. Together these organisms conduct photosynthesis and obtain minerals from the ground. In this situation, what was once a mutualistic relationship has evolved into a single organism. In a parasitic relationship, one organism (the parasite) benefits and the organism (the host) is harmed. Examples of parasitism are botfly/humans and dodder/shrub. In commensalism, one organism benefits and the other one neither benefits nor is harmed. Examples of commensalism are flatworm/horsecrab and cattle egrets/cattle.
Total Pages
22 pages
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1 hour
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