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Exploring Symbiosis


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    Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

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Exploring Symbiosis

In this activity, learners discover which plants and animals have symbiotic relationships and how this impacts each organism. Learners explore the advantages and disadvantages of different types of symbiosis.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Poster, overhead, or PowerPoint presentation of different symbiotic relationships
  • 5 pairs of cards of two organisms with a mutualistic relationship; each card has one organism (p.9-10 of PDF)
  • 5 pairs of cards of two organisms with a parasitic relationship; each card has one organism (p.5-6 of PDF)
  • 5 pairs of cards of two organisms with a commensal relationship; each card has one organism (p.7-8 of PDF)

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
      • Protists and Fungi
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Games
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Includes assesments for student learning

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Lord, Josh

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, ©2005

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0338153
  • National Science Foundation, 0638731

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