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This activity uses a model of the Virtual Ecosystem with three species in it: grass, rabbits, and hawks, enabling the students to explore the effect of predation on the prey population. At first students explore protective coloration as they “become” a hawk and try to catch and eat brown and white rabbits on a snowy field. The latter blend into the background and are harder to see, so they have a selective advantage. Students then explore how the color of the rabbit population changes as the environment changes over time.

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    • Grade 1
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    Keywords:

    Informal Education,NSDL,Grade 4,Grade 5,Trophic levels,Biological science,carnivores,Life science,Geoscience,Social Sciences,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-092,Population dynamics,Mammals,food chain,camouflage,Computing and Information,Food web,Life Science,Ecosystems,Plants,Evolution,Animals,Elementary School,Natural selection,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140422151639595T,producers and consumers,Predation,protective coloration,Ecology,Upper Elementary,Ecology, Forestry and Agriculture,herbivores,ecosystem model,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Birds

    Language:

    English

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    Public - Available to anyone

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    Update Standards?

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
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