Step 1. Questions
Which animals could live on the school grounds? If there are trees, maybe squirrels, robins, or even an owl could build nests. If there is grass, maybe grasshoppers or butterflies could find food. If there is a pond, maybe fish or ducks could find a home.
Yet in all these cases, only a certain number of animals could live on the school grounds. The reason is competition. Every animal needs food, water, and a place to live. They compete for these things with other animals.
For this e-Journal, you will report on competition among living things.
Here are questions to guide your research:
Are you ready? Begin by visiting the Web sites listed in Step 2. Look for the answers to the questions listed above, and write down what you learn in the note-taking boxes.
- In what ways can two animals compete? Give examples.
- What body parts or behaviors help animals compete?
- What are some endangered animal species? Are they struggling to compete in their environments? If so, why?
- How do plants compete in an environment?
- What questions do you have about competition among living things?
You may choose to use search engines to research plants and animals of your choice. Or visit the library and look in books, journals, or encyclopedias. When you are ready, follow Steps 3 and 4 to write your report.
Step 2. Research
Research answers for the questions you were asked in Step 1. Visit these Web sites. Take notes about them on this page, too!