There's a New Bird in Town

Students experience how an invasive species may out-compete native species for vital resources. This high stakes, high energy game simulates the introduction of non-native and invasive species using MnMs and various kitchen drawer items. Students experience firsthand what happens and what if feels like when native and invasive species compete for essential resources. This is also an excellent activity for introducing concepts such as habitats, limiting resources, physical adaptations, and competition among species.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)



Students who demonstrate understanding can:

Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

You can follow up this activity with this analogy map tool to help students make connections between the model and the real world, and to help them make their thinking public.