This section is for educators! Here you can find classroom resources such as NGSS standards followed, a presentation to show your class before playing TinySea, vocabulary words and definitions!
Objectives of TinySea
This game can be used to introduce children to the concept of food webs and the effect climate change has on marine systems. The game was designed to help children understand the effect different parameters have on the sustainability of marine ecosystems without the need to understand the complex mathematical models. By creating and managing an ecosystem, students learn to understand how different trophic levels work together.
Lessons on ecosystems and biomes often emphasize terrestrial biomes – Tiny Sea provides a unique opportunity to contrast the MS-LS2 learning your students have done with a new/invented ecosystem, applying the concepts of relationships, matter and energy, and resilience in ecosystems to an imaginary but relatable marine world.
NGSS Standards Followed
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Prior to Playing the Game
Teachers should introduce the topic with a short lecture. Within this lecture, certain core species of marine ecosystems can be introduced, as well as the importance of relationships between organisms for ecosystem health. The importance of marine ecosystems for the health of human societies could also be touched on. Finally, these core concepts should be explained to students to provide them with the necessary information to successfully build an ecosystem. These core concepts are: food webs and trophic levels, energy transfer and loss, thermal sensitivity, and climate change.