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It's All Connected: Trophic Tag - COSEE Coastal Trends and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Lesson Plan 

In this active game that illustrates the concepts of ecological balance, interdependence, and trophic energy transfer in marine food webs, students play the roles of organisms that are representative of the different aquatic trophic levels.  The game can be played using various environmental conditions and manipulations of organism ratios to achieve a balanced marine ecosystem.

Concept: Marine food web
Primary production supports the marine food web

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation
Constance, change, and measurement

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

9-12 C Life Science
Interdependence of organisms
Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
Behavior of organisms

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems (concept b)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 4 The Energy of Life 4:7-21