Commensalism Teacher Resources
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Symbiosis: Help, Hinder or Destroy
Use background information and vocabulary to familiarize your students with the concept of symbiosis and the role agriculture plays in the shared relationship. They then write the vocabulary in their lab books or journals, and read the story, listing the symbiotic categories.
6th Science CCSS: Designed
Study Jams: Symbiosis
Three types of symbiosis are explained: parasitism, commensalism, and mutualism. This is done with colorful animation and lively dialogue in a straightforward and easy-to-follow manner. Have your ecology class watch this at home and then come to class to discuss the interactions between organisms.
5th - 9th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Friend, Foe, or . . .
As a result of this lesson, upper elementary ocean explorers will be able to describe several interrelationships: symbiosis, mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. They learn that the biological richness is increased near seamounts and use this type of community to find examples of each of these relationships.
5th - 6th Science
Raven Chapter 54 Guided Notes: Community Ecology
Providing a sweeping overview of population and community interactions, this ecology worksheet gets learners thinking. They differentiate between habitat and niche, describe and give exemplars of various animal and plant defenses, explain illustrations of ecological concepts, and more.
9th - 12th Science
New Review Create an Invertebrate
What better way for young biologists to learn about invertebrates than by creating their very own? Here, students are assigned a set of invertebrate characteristics and are asked to invent an imaginary ocean animal and a separate organism that has a symbiotic relationship with it, creating labeled drawings of each.
4th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Impact of Climate Change on Hawaiian Monk Seals Activity 2: The Odd Couple
The topic is symbiotic relationships, and in this case, we get to look at the relationship between the sea anemone and the hermit crab. They review log entries from a Northwestern Hawaiian Island expedition which occurred in 2002, paying close attention to the observations about hermit crabs and anemones.
5th - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Offering a comprehensive overview of symbiotic relationships, this presentation would be a great way to introduce or review material covered in a biology class. There are definitions, examples, and a quiz on the meaning of parasitism, mutualism and commensalism.
9th - 12th Science
Populations and Communities
Someone set out to create an epic slide show on ecosystems, but seems to have stopped short. It begins by examining the parts of an ecosystem and roles that different organisms play within it. Simple, informative, and colorful, these slides are directed at upper elementary ecologists.
3rd - 6th Science
Every species in the world has some type of relationship with another species, whether it be positive, negative, or neutral for each party. Mr. Andersen defines each type of relationship and provides clear examples under each category. He also shows us the changes that occur in an ecosystem and its relationships when humans change the environment.
11 mins 9th - 12th Science
Students explore the different interspecies relationships namely mutualistic, commensal and parasitic. In this ecology lesson, students investigate an ecosystem disrupted by humans. They formulate an action plan to save it and present their proposed solutions in class.
9th - 12th Science
Ecosystems Scavenger Hunt
Eighth graders identify the basic elements of an ecosystem and their individual roles. In this life science lesson, 8th graders conduct a scavenger hunt in their local ecosystem. They collect evidence and explain how each component is interconnected with each other.
In this ecology instructional activity, learners will look at the relationships between the biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem. Students will use a diagram to answer questions about food chains, tropic levels, and biomass. Learners will explore organism populations and their limiting factors.
6th - 12th Science