Target learning: Why and How animals compete for resources
Many different factors affect the ability of animals to thrive in their environment. Disease, weather conditions, pollution, and predators are among these factors. Without food, water, and shelter an animal cannot survive. Animal populations do not stay the same year after year.
This activity will get the students moving outside or in a Gym. Students pretend to be an animal and compete with each other for food, shelter, and water. Students tend to think it’s a game but will be able to visually see that many things can cause the population to change. Many different discussions can happen with the data collected. For example why do states limit the amount of animals hunted every year and why do these numbers keep changing.
- Students can explain the difference between living and non-living factors
- Investigate how organisms depend on and compete for resources
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