Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

It's a jungle out there! Young biologists journey to Darien, Panama to examine the intricate relationships between the organisms that inhabit the jungle. Groups begin by demonstrating an understanding of energy flow in ecosystems, then expand their simple food chains into fully developed food webs.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Show short videos of tapirs and coati so pupils have a better understanding of their characteristics
  • Extend the lesson by having each group create an informative poster of their food webs
Classroom Considerations

  • The jaguar project is over in Darien, Panama, but all data and resources are still available on the website
  • Laminate the food web cards for future use. You will need to print one set per working group

Pros

  • Activity contains printable materials, planning resources, and answer keys for each section
  • The content is tightly aligned to standards for both high school and middle school scientists
Cons

  • None