Trophic Level Simulation Activity

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This was fun! I might do it with my seniors next time because my younger kids are a little more shy haha but they all still had fun!
My students loved this trophic level simulation. It incorporated many topics that we talked about within ecology! It was great.
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This interactive activity is great for teaching food chains and trophic levels. In this activity, students will be playing the roles of a coyote, rabbit, or grass in an ecological community. They will learn why it is important to have the greatest number of producers and the fewest number of secondary consumers. Students will love this activity because they will be up out of their seats and competing with their peers. Teachers will love this activity because it emphasizes not only trophic levels, but also graphing skills and cooperative learning.

Included in your purchase is the teacher directions, student worksheets, answer key, and powerpoint to accompany the lesson.

Here is a youtube video explaining the lesson in more detail.

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Total Pages
11 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem. Emphasis is on using a mathematical model of stored energy in biomass to describe the transfer of energy from one trophic level to another and that matter and energy are conserved as matter cycles and energy flows through ecosystems. Emphasis is on atoms and molecules such as carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen being conserved as they move through an ecosystem. Assessment is limited to proportional reasoning to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy.


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