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In this Mystery, students develop their thinking about the relationships among organisms in their everyday world. In the activity, students play a card game which deepens their understanding of organisms’ interrelationships.

Why would a hawk move to New York City?

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DISCUSS:

Which living things should you be able to find near you, next time you spot a squirrel?

Ask the questions:
1) What does it eat?
2) What is it eaten by?

Here's what we think...

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DISCUSS:

1) What animals might live in your neighborhood? Come up with 3 places where you could look.

2) Ask the food chain questions: "What does it eat?" and "What is it eaten by?" Does this lead you to think of any new animals to look for?

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The next video introduces a card game, “Eat or Be Eaten.” This was revised on 1/20/17. The older version, which features arrows on the cards, instead of chains, still accessible. But we strongly recommend using the revised version.

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Activity Prep

Get supplies and print handouts.

In this activity, students will be playing Eat or Be Eaten, a card game in which they make food chains. The game is designed for 2 to 4 players.

Each group of players will need:

  • A set of these 5 sheets to be cut into playing cards -- (Use card stock if possible.)
  • scissors for each player (so everyone can help cut up the cards)
  • a table where player can lay out their cards as they form food chains

Each player will need:

Teacher will need a print out of Teacher Tips , which provides game rules and a suggestion for advanced play.

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You've completed the Exploration & Activity!

If you have more time, view the assessment, reading and extension activity in the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.
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Activity: Pill Bugs!

Pill bugs (also known as roly polys) are a kid-friendly critter for classroom observation.

Bugman Education offers Take a Pill Bug to Lunch, a inquiry-based activity for those willing to set up a pill bug habitat.

This video shows how simple setting up a pill bug habitat can be.

For more information on these critters, check out “The secret life of pillbugs” on The Infinite Spider, a science & nature blog.

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Read and Discuss

These readings can start students thinking. Channel that energy into a class discussion.

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