Students will explore one example of a symbiosis (mycorrhizae) and examine whether it is a mutualism or a parasitism. They will review the life requirements of producers (plants) and consumers (mycorrhizal fungi) and play a game simulating trade between the two organisms in two different environments.
At the conclusion of the lesson, students will be able to:
- Define symbiosis, mutualism, parasitism, consumer, producer
- Explain how plants and mycorrhizal fungi obtain their life requirements (air, food, water)
- Understand that changes in the environment, including changes caused by humans, can change the way organisms interact
Lesson created by Emily Grman, 2009