This activity simulates a simplified ecosystem in Ontario. Students learn about the needs of certain animal populations and what they need to survive within their environment. Outside, students play the role on an animal and experience the interactions between beavers, deer, moose and wolves. Knowledge is gained about living in an ecosystem while trying to survive by finding food, water and shelter within a limited space. Throughout the activity students need to avoid their "predators" and other limiting factors in order to be strong and survive at the end of the simulation.
This activity covers similar concepts as Instincts for Survival. It can be an interesting alternative for students who have already participated in Predator and Prey or Instincts for Survival.
Science and Technology:
Grade 6 - Biodiversity
Grade 7 - Interactions in the Environment