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Oh Deer! A game to learn about limiting factors. Information to know before we start:. What are the most important things that animals need to survive? Food Shelter Space Water In today’s game we will be learning about three of these: food, shelter and water. Game rules.

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Oh Deer! A game to learn about limiting factors


Information to know before we start:

  • What are the most important things that animals need to survive?

    • Food

    • Shelter

    • Space

    • Water

  • In today’s game we will be learning about three of these: food, shelter and water


Game rules

  • I will divide you up into 4 groups – numbered 1, 2, 3, or 4

  • When we go outside, all 1s should stand together on one side of a line and the rest of 2,3 and 4 will stand together in one group on the other side of a line

  • 1s are deer, and 2,3 and 4 will be the different parts of the habitat (food, water or shelter) that an animal needs to survive

  • Each part of the habitat has a special symbol: PRACTICE

    • Food – hands on stomach

    • Water – hands over mouth

    • Shelter – hands over head like a point / upside -down v – shape

      *When we get outside to the plaza by the library, I will show you where to stand


Game rules continued…

  • The goal is for the deer to get the ‘resource’ they need to survive: MATCHING

    • The deer must run to the other side and match up with the habitat part they are looking for. You must high-five when you match-up.

    • After high-fiving, run back to the deer side with your resource. The habitat person becomes a deer.

    • Do not tell anyone what resource you are looking for.

    • If a deer cannot find a matching partner, it ‘dies’ and they are recycled to become part of the habitat group

  • Each round I will be keeping track of the number of deer that are still ‘alive’, so we can create a graph of our results and see the changes in the deer population

  • We are going to play about 10 - 15 rounds


Changes to deer population 8A


Changes to Deer Population 8B


Finally…what happened?

Answer these questions as your Science Journalfor today:

1) From the game, what are some limiting factors that may affect the population?

2) Do wildlife populations stay the same or do they fluctuate (change a lot)?

3) What do you think would have happened if I introduced a ‘disease’ (someone that could catch you when trying to run back to your deer side) ?


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