Friday, February 1, 2013

Predator-prey board game

Last week we played a modified chutes and ladders game. I based it on the owl food web. As the students rolled dice and moved their pieces along the board, their goal was to reach the owl at the top of the food web.

If a piece landed on a picture-square (rather than a number-square), students read aloud from a "predator-prey" card that matched the image. Our cards held interesting facts about "who-eats-who?" depicting the plant or animal on the square and explaining how each member of the web fit together. Along the way students landed on different organisms that are linked to the barn owl's diet, sometimes their landing on a square involved skipping ahead - ladders - other times they landed on a chute and had to move their piece back down the food web. I was thrilled that the lesson kept them all engaged for the entire science period!