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Level A: All Together Now: Predator, Prey and Plants

This lesson allows students to explore the interactions of two animal populations (wolves and moose) and plants within an ecosystem. The populations and the plants rise and fall (oscillate) over time as they interact and impact one another.


Learning goals:

  • Match predators with corresponding prey animals.
  • Match prey with corresponding food sources.
  • Explore a population simulation with two interacting populations and a food source.
  • Represent and interpret data on a line graph.
  • Tell the story of how and why two populations and a food supply go up and down (oscillate) over time.

Student Challenge:

  • Set up a level of hunting that keeps the populations of predators and prey at healthy levels.

Curricular Connections:

  • Science: Populations, ecosystems, scientific method
  • Math: Representing and interpreting data
  • Reading: Describing connections among ideas


Simulation: All Together Now: Predator, Prey and Plants

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