Palau, Paradise of the Pacific: Symbiosis: I'll Help You If You Help Me
of the Lesson
At the completion of the lesson, the students will:
Symbiosis is an association between at least two organisms where each may benefit from the relationship. The Living Edens: Palau has a number of examples of symbiosis that will bring this concept to the classroom. There are scenes featuring clownfish and anemone, a crab with anemones, and a fish cleaning station. Each of these examples shows a relationship between two organisms where each party benefits. Most secondary level science textbooks have information on symbiosis.
Hold a class discussion and ask students to identify examples of symbiosis in the program The Living Edens: Palau. Relate these examples to the students' personal experiences they shared at the beginning of class.
Ask students to view other Living Edens programs and identify symbiotic relationships. Discuss each of these examples. You may also have class presentations where students form groups for each of The Living Edens programs.
Ask groups of students to choose an organism (plant or animal may be easiest) and identify its needs. Then ask students to brainstorm other organisms which could exist symbiotically with the first organism (each organism's needs are met). (Students may make posters of their organism and its needs and 'travel' around room looking for another group's organism that might match up symbiotically; alternatively, students might create a matching game like Concentration and attempt to match symbiotic organisms, explaining the reasons for their choices.)
-communicate scientific procedures and explanations
-develop understanding of regulation and behavior
-develop understanding of populations and ecosystems