Arctic Smorgasbord

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Though the walrus spends roughly one third of its time on land, it eats organisms that live on the bottom of the ocean. The first in a series of five, the instructional activity uses a variety of plant and animal cards to have scholars build an arctic food web. Then they play a game with another group and see what it takes to disrupt the food web.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Challenge scholars to think of three additional animals they could add to their food webs
  • Extend the lesson by having class members research the long-term implications of an arctic food web going extinct
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes prior knowledge of the arctic food web, but you can offer extra time during the first portion of the lesson to teach the concept
  • Includes both common and rare animals from the arctic
  • Provides opportunities for cooperation and competition in the same lesson
  • High quality, color cards emphasize the variety in the ecosystem
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