Grade level: 3-5
Subject: Science, math, environmental education
Other important student characteristics: n/a
Learning goal(s): Understand how the climate conditions favor survival of certain species, and that change in climate can affect chances for survival
Assessment: (how will students demonstrate that they've met the learning goals?): By describing how changes in the hospitability of the climate changes the populations levels in the simulated ecosystem.
What will students do during the activity? Use, modify or create? Use with adjustments in parameters, possibly modify underlying blocks if time and interest allow.
Describe how the activity will enable students to meet the learning goals and prepare them for the assessment: By re-running the simulation with different parameters in the climate slider, different results will be obtained. All students should be able to articulate the impact of changed values in the slider; more advanced students should identify the threshold beyond which a species can't survive.
How long will the activity take? Core experience is 1 class period (30-40 minutes). Extensions vary depending on depth of the project.