All of YMCA Camp Cherokee’s Environmental Education classes are adjustable to your students’ needs. We have hands on activities for students who are just beginning school to those entering high school. Read below to find out more!

 

Predator and Prey

Goal: Students will understand the relationship between predator and prey, and what each of those need to survive.  
  Objectives:

  • Students will analyze and interpret data from observations during and after the activity to describe how animals respond to changes in their environment (2.L.5B.3).

  • Students will construct explanations for how structural adaptations help animals survive in the their environment (4.L.5B.3)

  • Students will analyze and interpret after the activity data to explain how organisms obtain their energy and classify an organism as herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore (5.L.4B.1).

  • Students will explain how organisms interact with each other in an ecosystem (5.L.4B.3).

  • Students will construct scientific arguments to explain how limiting factors or a newly introduced organism can affect an ecosystem (5.L.4B.4).

  • Before, during, and after the activity, students will analyze and interpret data to predict changes in the number of organisms within a population when certain changes occur to the physical environment (7.EC.5A.3).

  • Students will explain how organisms interact in a competitive or mutually beneficial relationship for food, shelter, or space (7.EC.5B.1).

  • Students will analyze and interpret data from the activity to predict how changes in the number of organisms of one species affects the balance of an ecosystem (7.EC.5B.3).

  • Before, during, and after the activity, students will define problems in the ecosystem caused by the introduction of a new species.

Topics:

  • Ecosystem
  • Habitat
  • Adaptations
  • Carrying Capacity
  • Limiting Factors
  • Herbivore
  • Omnivore
  • Carnivore
  • Prey
  • Predator
Mastery:

  • Students will define and give examples of a herbivore, omnivore, and carnivore.
  • Students will recognize and explain trophic levels within their mock environment.
  • Students will recognize and explain carrying capacity within their mock environment.
  • Students will experience and explain why an invasive species is detremental to their mock enviroment.
Links for Teachers:

Teacher Planning Packet

Registration Form

EE Waiver

For more information, please contact Savannah Anderson.