I went into a class of year 5/6s and have written a plan for how to teach it - using A4 cards and getting the children to move around the room to find another person with the same food chain number / size, etc. This then progresses onto playing a game as the whole class, then in teams with the small cards
I used a rainforest as the setting and also wrote some new event cards as I wanted to show the threats to rainforests
- Cleared for cattle ranching (EFFECT: convert to grassland terrain permanently - discard all incompatible species)
- Logging (EFFECT: convert to urban terrain permanently - discard played species cards that are without food)
- Cleared for soy beans (EFFECT: convert to grassland terrain permanently - discard all adjacent species)
- Roadbuilding (PLAY on one SPECIES card on any land-based terrain. Also play another event card from your discard pile or hand. EFFECT: Convert to URBAN terrain permanently and effects of second event card)
I also used the habitat loss card and the wildfire card (although I really wanted a 'Land cleared by burning'
This was all done very last minute, so I didn't send the cards to you to be done properly, I had to bodge it together by snipping parts of the card, etc. I pasted the cards I wanted onto a sheet in 9s, as having only 6 on a page seemed a waste of card. Also, I don't have proper pictures for the new event cards. I needed some more different species as well, I had to use a lot of generic 'trees'.
I would like to be able to make these into a proper set, how can I do it? Also, I can provide the files for the lesson plan if they might be useful to other people but I can't see how to attach them to this post.