Spring SAVY 2018, Day 5- Ecological Expedition (1st/2nd)
Happy Fifth Day!
The students began the day by reviewing abiotic and biotic factors. As ecologists, they participated in a quick debate “Should humans interfere in ecosystems?” by reading an article and watching a video about the spread of wild boars and the decrease of the tuber population. As mathematicians, they constructed graphs to show how the wild boar population had changed each year. Then they compared their graphs to the constructed tuber population graph. Using the graphs the students were able to see the relationship between the tubers and boar population over time.
The students were given the task of keeping an ecosystem healthy for 12 days. They had to select one of the four ecosystems (mountain, jungle, mangrove, or outback) to see what happened as they added producers and consumers. After their investigations and explorations they discussed what they had to do to keep their ecosystems alive and the lessons they learned about how living things interact to maintain balance. Next Saturday, the students will examine how interactions help us build positive relationships.
Dr. P. 🙂