Students will demonstrate limited habitat resources through playing a 'musical chairs' game.
This lesson is based on the party game ‘Musical Chairs’. Ensure you have a large enough space to carry out the game safely.
- Explain to students that they are all one type of marine organism. At this stage it can be anything.
- Discuss the needs or resources the organism needs to survive in its habitat in terms of food and shelter.
- Set out one chair per student at the beginning of the game. Each chair represents the available habitat space, such as a reef ledge, required for each individual to survive.
- Students can either walk around the chairs or mimic the movement of the chosen organism when the music is played.
- When the music stops, each student must sit down on an available chair.
- In the next rounds begin removing chairs to reflect less available habitat for the chosen organism. Students that cannot find a free chair are either eaten by a predator or run out of food.