Predator prey relationship in a Shark Mathematics Game
Target Group: Secondary School
Ocean Literacy Principle: 5
Students will play a predator-prey game. After six rounds the results are discussed.
Students play a game in which they learn more about predators, preys and their relationship. Rename the fish so they represent your area. The groupers have to eat the fish, while the sharks catch the groupers. The students predict what will happen and play 6 rounds of the game. After each round the catch data is drawn on the board. Students calculate the averages of grouper and tang of each round and analyze the data.
Computer and projector, wall map of the world, stopwatch (on mobile phone), 200 'fish' (printed and cut-out worksheet or replacement like dried pasta, beans or small pebbles), calculators, printed worksheet for each student (or draw the table on the board).
Find some background information for the fish species you have chosen. Additional materials can be found on the website (see Reference Materials).