Students examine the process of decomposition and digestion in this storyline, using their knowledge to create food webs outlining the relationships between producers, primary and secondary consumers, and decomposers within an ecosystem.View Storyline
Using the brand-new Antifier, Cherie plans to do a deep-dive into one of the Amazon's ant colonies. Unfortunately, something strange seems to be happening to the ants: they're turning into zombies! Students figure out what is going on and make recommendations for what should be done!View Storyline
Captain Nenson is worried about the Pacific Ocean biodome's seal, Ronan. She isn't eating and seems to be in pain. Other fish seem to be affected, but Ronan is the sickest, even though all she eats is fish!View Storyline
Add species to an ecosystem, after which they begin to eat and reproduce. Start with an empty, barren land and create a thriving ecosystem over time.
Choose from the Mojave Desert, Amazon Rainforest, Great Plains Grassland, Himalayan Forest, and Alaskan Tundra. Each ecosystem has the same patterns, based on ecological roles, but different species that will impact the specific behaviors seen.
Animals need to eat, based on their preferences for food, and will even share kills. They'll reproduce, and have a maturity time period as they grow. Plants also have reproduction cycles, needing pollination in order to reproduce; if the plants fruit, they also need fruit eaten in order to achieve max reproduction!
We've made an entire pre-made sequence of suggested activities to help you build up your students' knowledge through the Ecology Sandbox! Start students playing and let them encounter their first problems first. Then you can start layering in models, data collection, and other activities to build their knowledge.