Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Fun: Coral Reef Game












This fun activity comes straight out of the Teacher’s Guide for my new book A Place for Fish. It’s also great to use with my book Extreme Coral Reefs!

Take the class outside to play Shark and Minnows. Minnows stand on one end of the field. The shark stands in the middle of the field. Minnows must run to the other end of the field without getting eaten (tagged) by the shark. Have students keep track of how much prey (minnows) the predator (shark) eats during each round.


Now give each child a red, yellow, green, or blue scarf. Create four bases in the middle of the field. Minnows are safe if they’re on the base with the same color as their scarf. After each round, eliminate one base. Ask minnows with that color scarf how they feel. Explain that this is what happens to tropical fish when a coral reef dies due to pollution and development. Have students keep track of how much prey (minnows) the predator (shark) eats during each round. Did the number of minnows who died increase or decrease as the bases (coral reefs) disappeared?

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