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Grade 6-8

Relationships in Our Environment: Predation

by Payton M. | Science

5 Lessons 17:44
  1. 1. Intro 2:40
  2. 2. True predation 2:34
  3. 3. Grazing 2:10
  4. 4. Parasitism 2:32
  5. 5. Myspecies project, part 2 7:48

Grade 6-8


NGSS Standards

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Take a close look at the most violent relationship between two species in an ecosystem: predatory relationships. Classify the three subcategories of predation: true predation, grazing, and parasitism, identifying useful examples for each category.

It's a competitive place out there! Follow Payton in determining the relationships of predators and prey, and everything in between.


Myspecies Social Network, part 2

Course overview



Students will recall that organisms need energy to survive, and will be introduced to the three kinds of predation.


True predation

Students will look at some classic examples of true predation



Students will look at examples of grazing, and learn about the concept of a keystone species



Students will be introduced to a cursory discussion of parasitic relationships.


Myspecies project, part 2

Students will add new pages to myspecies, including a gazelle and a wildebeest, and continue to taxonomize animal relationships.

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  • Ecosystem
  • Grazing
  • Parasitism
  • Predatory Relationships
  • True Predator

Recommended Materials

  • Blue construction paper
  • White printer paper
  • Small photograph of a Gazelle (printed)
  • Small photograph of a Wildebeest(printed)
  • Small photograph of grass (printed)
  • 3x Landscape photograph of the African savanna (printed)
  • Glue stick
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors


Payton is a composer and orchestrator who recently graduated with High Honors in music from Wesleyan University. His passion for environmental advocacy, education, and activism is spurred by a love of nature and burning hate for climate change denialism.

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