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Level B: Circles of Interaction: Predator, Prey and Plants

This lesson explores predator (wolf), prey (moose), and food (plants) within an ecosystem. Students role-play being a wildlife manager who is doing "on the job" training. The manager controls hunting of prey populations and killing of predators. The default simulation behavior for prey, predators, and food is oscillation.


Learning goals:

  • Represent and interpret data on a line graph.
  • Compare results for simulation runs.
  • Manage a simulated ecosystem, keeping it healthy.
  • Identify and explain challenges of being a wildlife manager and meeting specific goals.

Student Challenge:

  • Keep the ecosystem healthy while managing related human interests, even in the face of unexpected events, such as a drought.

Curricular Connections:

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

Simulation: Circles of Interaction: Predator, Prey and Plants

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