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Grades 9–12. Students model population changes in a community through a card game, explore how changes in ecosystems can lead to a loss of biodiversity, and develop their own card games to simulate population changes in a different community. Then, they exchange, play, and critique each other's games.
Through a simulation card game, develop a model of an unstable ecosystem using evidence of population changes due to habitat changes in a temperate forest.
Related PE: HS-LS2-7
Time Requirement: 3 45-minute Class Periods
SEP: Developing and using models
CCC: Stability and change
DCI: LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Reslience
Grades 9–12. Through a card game, students model the population changes of 9 species in a temperate forest community. They explore how changes in ecosystems due to factors such as habitat loss, pollution, overharvesting, climate change, and the establishment of an invasive species can lead to a loss of biodiversity. Next, with the freedom to change any aspect of the previous model, students design a new version of the card game using a different community. Then, they exchange, play, and critique each other's games. Kit contains enough materials for 8 groups, includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction, and helps address Next Generation Science Standards* HS-LS2-6.
*Next Generation Science Standards® is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.
|Plastic Containers, 8 oz||17||Included|
|Plastic Containers, 16 oz||1||Included|
|Plastic Medicine Cups||32||Included|
|Game Card Sets||8||Included|
|Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription)||1||Included|
|Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Color Pencil Sets||8||Needed, Not Included|