Biomagnification Role Play Activity

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Link to Resource: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/biomagnificationroleplayandstencilactivity.pdf
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
4 5 6 7 8
Language:English
Format:pdf
Organization:Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Summary:Written for grades 4-8, this role-play activity from EPA helps students understand how polluted waters affect the food chain and how fish become contaminated -- and thus unsafe to eat -- as pollutants (e.g., chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs) accumulate up the food chain. In the role play, the classroom is New Bedford Harbor, and students are animals that live there. Students model the food chain, consuming increasing numbers of PCBs with each organism eaten. Access the lesson, which includes procedures and questions to assess understanding.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-3; MS-ESS3-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; ecology; ecosystem; elementary school; environment; epa; k-5 geosource; middle school; oceans; pollution; water; water quality; watershed
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