This activity introduces students to the idea that all living organisms must compete for food. Students control a rabbit in a field with edible plants, at first alone, and later joined by computer-controlled rabbits. With such competition it becomes harder and harder for the students to keep their rabbit alive. Students shift their thinking from a focus on individual organisms to a concern for the well-being of the population as a whole. (Evolution Readiness Activity 6 of 10.)


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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.

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Model with mathematics.

CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.2: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.
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