On Friday afternoon Grade 4 investigated food chains by assuming the roles of animals that are part of a food chain.
In our game, there were four links to the food chain:
plants, grasshoppers, frogs, and hawks. ego represented the plants, and students play the parts of grasshoppers, (plant eaters), frogs (which eat grasshoppers) and hawks (which eat frogs).
During each round of the game, the “animals” must get enough to eat and avoid being eaten.
In this game, the populations (one kind of organism living in a given area) are so small that the survival of two grasshoppers, two frogs and one hawk (which can fly and find a mate and thus reproduce) represents a “balanced” food chain.
Make sure to stop by the display outside the JS office where Grade 4 have displayed their scientific writing to help us all learn some of the tricky vocabulary they have been learning as part of this unit.