Life and Death in the Forest


In P.E. students have been learning and playing a variety of ecology games that mimic real-life relationships in the natural world. Some have been classic games with an ecology twist, such as turning “sardines” into a lesson about how climate change has limited suitable hibernation habitat for many species of toads, thus forcing them to hibernate together in large clumps. Most of these games focus on survival tactics and variables that can have an impact on a plant or animal’s chance of survival. The middle school students have been broken up into small groups and asked to create their very own game that allows players to gain a better understanding of one of these complex ecological relationships. Students have been asked to write out their game rules step-by-step and will teach their games to the class this week.