Before Strategy/Engage: 15 minutes
1. The teacher should give the students two minutes to respond to this quick write prompt: "Create a list of ways organisms may interact with each other in their environment."
2. After the students create their lists individually, the teacher should allow students two minutes to discuss their answers with a partner or group. The students should record any new ideas on their list.
3. After students discuss their lists, the teacher should ask student volunteers for their responses and create a class list of ways organisms may interact with their environment.
4. After completing the class list, the teacher should encourage students to determine ways the examples could fit together. For example, the students may have given an example that one animal eats plants, while another animal preys on other animals. The teacher could group these two examples together by circling them on the chart.
During Strategy/Explore & Explain: 30 minutes
1. The teacher should give each student a copy of the "Patterns of Interaction" jot chart (see attachments).
2. The teacher can project the "Patterns of Interaction" PowerPoint (see attachments) and allow students to take notes on their jot chart. If student technological devices are available, the teacher can share the presentation with students via Google Classroom, Edmodo, etc. to allow students to view the presentation and take notes individually or with partners.
Note: Corresponding video clips are included for each pattern of interaction.
After Strategy-Explain & Elaborate-30 minutes
1. The teacher should give each student a copy of the "Patterns of Interactions Predictions" handout (see attachments). This handout will require students to examine food webs that show the relationships between different organisms in an ecosystem and make a prediction about the patterns of interaction each species might experience.
2. The teacher should divide students into collaborative groups of approximately four students to allow students to discuss their responses on the "Patterns of Interactions Predictions" handout. The teacher should circulate among the students and ensure each student understands the relationships between and among organisms in the ecosystem.