At a Glance

Discipline

  • Biology

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP

Course

  • General Biology I

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Whole Class

Type of Tasks

  • Collecting & seeking information
  • Discussing
  • Solving problems
  • Gaming & role-playing
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Taking a quiz & test

Technical Details

Time

Single class period (< 90 mins)

Purpose

  • Review & consolidation

Overview

In this activity, students will review species interactions, outcome prediction, and graph interpretations. Students take the role of an ecologist and try to analyze species behaviours and predict population change and interactions between various species.

This review activity utilized Just in Time Teaching strategy in which students prepare by studying the relevant chapters before entering the classroom (recommended but not required). Students also have the option to watch a documentary called "Nature Bites Back: The Case of the Sea Otter" before the class, which can be accessed here Read More +

In this activity, students will review species interactions, outcome prediction, and graph interpretations. Students take the role of an ecologist and try to analyze species behaviours and predict population change and interactions between various species.

This review activity utilized Just in Time Teaching strategy in which students prepare by studying the relevant chapters before entering the classroom (recommended but not required). Students also have the option to watch a documentary called "Nature Bites Back: The Case of the Sea Otter" before the class, which can be accessed here.

Students have access to the questions since the beginning of the semester, so they may have a look or even attempt to answer the questions before coming to the review class, but they are not required to and they seldom do.

Within the classroom the students are split into groups and are posed with a series of questions that will reinforce their understanding of species interactions. The questions are presented as short and long answer style. Students will not have the time to finish the questions during the class time, so they will be given the answers and are encouraged to work on them on their own and ask if they have any questions.

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Instructional Objectives

  • To review species interactions;
  • To predict future outcomes based on current data;
  • Learn to read and interpret data from publications;
  • To clear misconceptions.

Workflow & Materials

Activity Workflow

Disappearing Sea Otters

Download

Ecology Module

Worksheet

Download

Contributor's Notes

Karl Laroche
Karl Laroche

Vanier College, Montreal, QC

Benefits

  • Tests have the same format, so they take this activity very seriously.

Challenges

  • Students struggle with reading graphs;
  • Not enough time to finish the activity in class.

Tips

  • Be explicit with the students that similar type of questions will be on the exam.

Applied Strategies

  1. 1
    Case Studies
  2. 2
    Just in Time Teaching (JiTT)

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