Aug 102012

Animals have limited supplies of energy and often must choose which activities to focus on at the expense of others.  In this activity students will play a game that explores the trade-off between aggression and parental behavior.  In part A, students will explore the role of aggression in acquiring a territory.  In part B, students will explore the trade-off between parental behavior and aggressiveness and learn there are multiple ways to be successful.


At the conclusion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain how aggression impacts an organism’s success.
  • Explain how environmental characteristics shape the benefits of aggression.
  • Explain the tradeoff between aggression and parental behavior.


Lesson created by GK-12 Fellow Cara Krieg