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April 15, 2003

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Classroom Activities from The Idaho Department of Fish and Game
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Predator and Prey Hide and Seek
Learning standard: Know how plants and animals become extinct if their adaptations do not fit their environment. Investigate the diversity of plants and animals.

This activity works best outside. Parking lots, playgrounds or thickets would be your best choice.

Choose one student to act as predator. He or she will find a place to "hunt." The predator may not leave the spot he or she chooses. Blindfold the predator.

The rest of the students will be prey and should be instructed to hide. They must be able to see the predator at all times while hiding.

Once everyone is hidden ask the predator to remove his or her blindfold and begin "hunting." To hunt, the predator may not take any steps and should point out prey that he or she sees. As prey is caught, they must come out. When the predator can no longer see any prey, ask the prey that is still hiding to come out.

Play another round where the prey that was caught joins the original predator. Ask the rest of the prey to hide once again, this time they must be closer to the predators. Continue the hunt. Same rules apply. (predator cannot take any steps and prey must be able to see predator at all times).

Afterwards discuss with the class their successes or failures. What "adaptations" helped them? What ones hurt them? Relate this to "real life" situations in the wild.

Predator Poetry
Learning standard: Investigate the diversity of plants and animals. Understand and use the writing process.

Work in groups to make up poems describing a predator and their behaviors without revealing the predator's identity. Have other groups guess the predator.

To Eat or Be Eaten
Learning standard: Know how plants and animals become extinct if their adaptations do not fit their environment.

Using materials of their choice (garbage or craft materials work well) ask students to create an imaginary animal.
When the animal is finished students should determine what the animal eats. Is it a predator or is it prey? What adaptations does the animal have to help it find food or not be eaten? If the original animal was a predator, what is its prey? How does the prey adapt? If the original animal was prey, what type of animal eats it?

For a second step in the assignment, students might want to create that animal. As a language arts assignment, have students write descriptive paragraphs about their creatures.

Critter Capture pdf
Learning standard: Know that organisms both cooperate and compete in a food chain. Know that living systems require energy from food to survive.

In this activity, students play the predator or the prey in an active game of freeze tag.


Predator/Prey Charades
Learning standard: Investigate the diversity of plants and animals.
Ask students to choose combinations of predator and prey. Play charades working in groups of two, where one student represents the predator and one represents the prey. Once the charade is solved students should give at least three facts about the combination they chose. They could tell how the predator hunts the prey or adaptations one or the other has to help it to survive.

Predator/Prey Poster 
Learning standard: Investigate the diversity of plants and animals. Understand and use the writing process.

Instruct students to create a poster for an animal of their choice, the animal could be a predator or prey.

Divide the poster into 5 sections. One larger section should contain the scientific and common name of the animal and a picture of the animal. Four other frames or sections should include the following information:
1. Where does this animal live? (include a picture of the state or country and shade areas found)
2. What does this animal eat? (text and a picture)
3. What unusual habits does this animal have? (text and picture) and
4 What special needs does this animal have?

After students are finished, hang the posters in the hall for others to observe. Call it a wildlife gallery!


Books:

Ganeri, Anita. The Usborne Book of Animal Facts. 1988. Usborne Publishing, London England. Records, lists, facts, comparisons. EDC Publishing, Tulsa AZ

Taylor, Barbra. Pond Life. A DK publishing book. 1992

Rosenthal, Mark. A New True Book: Predators. Children's Press. Chicago. 1983.

Stidworthy, The Remarkable World: Land Predators. Thomas Learning. New York.1996.

Brooks, Bruce. Knowing Nature: Predator!. Farrar Straus. New York.1991.

   
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