Reflection: Real World Applications Relationships Between Organisms - Section 3: Identifying Relationships - Whole class


Although the video segments I use in this lesson were clipped by National Geographic expressly for teaching the concepts, they illustrate the power of the one to two minute clip to drive a point across. It is not always necessary or time-efficient to play a whole movie. Sometimes, a little snippet is all you need. The trick is to set them up so that the students know specifically what to look for.

Mini-clips help students connect your teaching to real-world applications. In this case students can see the interactions between organisms happening, so they leave with a firm grasp of what those interactions look like in nature. I have also used clips from action movies or sports games to illustrate Newton's Laws of Motion. 

If you are interested in looking for ready-made clips, I recommend looking at the collections from both National Geographic and PBS Learning Media (free registration). You can also create your own using Edpuzzle

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Relationships Between Organisms

Unit 9: Interdependence of Organisms
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to categorize relationships between organisms according to predator-prey, competition or symbiosis (mutualism, commensalism and parasitism).

Big Idea: All organisms interact with and depend upon each other and their environment to satisfy their basic needs.

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Science, Interdependence of Organisms, symbiosis, carbon cycle, endangered species, organism, Ecosystems, Biotic and Abiotic Factors
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