This activity explores how natural communities are organized and explores two of the most championed hypotheses.
Activity time: 1.5 hr (can be split among two periods)
Game: Evolution: Climate
- Assign and discuss primary literature that matches the learning objectives.
- Play Evolution: Climate by the publisher’s rules (this is our ‘top-down’ scenario)
- Now play the game a second time using our ‘bottom-up’ scenario.
- Discuss how these two game scenarios changed the composition of the communities. Be sure to count how many carnivores and herbivores are present at the end of each scenario.
Play by publishers rules except:
-Skip the ‘select food cards’ phase (Phase 2). Instead, place 15 food in the watering hole every turn. (note you can change this value as you see fit)
-Ignore climate actions that change food amounts.