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Science Shorts: How Symbiosis Creates Diversity

Science and Children—January 2010

Diversity in habitats on Earth is astounding—whether on land or in the sea—and this is in part due to symbiosis. The lesson described in this article helps students understand how symbiosis affects different organisms through a fun and engaging game where they match hosts and symbionts based on their respective needs. This 45-minute lesson is most successful when it follows a lesson on foodwebs, in which students learn how different organisms are connected.
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