Aug 292013

Photo: Dr. David Midgley

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