The Aquatic Ecosystem of Sutang



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The Aquatic Ecosystem of Sutang

Background

The planet Sutang has only recently been discovered, and it has a thriving ecosystem that we are just beginning to understand. Humans plan to colonize Sutang, but the organisms and their interactions need to be thoroughly documented and described before colonization can begin.


Task

Create models and/or drawings of the organisms of Sutang, describe a food chain/web of the aquatic habitat, and identify all biotic and abiotic elements in the ecosystem.


Audience

Since you and your team are the biologists, you will be illustrating and describing Sutang for the government of Earth, and the general populace, who may soon inhabit the planet.


Purpose

The purpose of this project is to inform possible colonists and the government about the current ecosystem of Sutang.


Procedure

  1. Read the story “Grandpa,” by James H. Schmitz.

  2. With your bio-survey team, describe each of the organisms found on the planet Sutang.
  3. Create a poster or models for each of the organisms. These should faithfully represent the creatures as described in the story. Label each drawing/model clearly and correctly, especially noting any characteristic identified in the story.


  4. Describe the ecosystem at large (biotic and abiotic), the food chain/web of the aquatic ecosystem, and identify special relationships between species. This can be done as a poster, a PowerPoint presentation, or a short paper.

  5. Share your ecological findings with your audience.

The Aquatic Ecosystem of Sutang Assessment List



ELEMENT VALUE SELF EARNED


  • Each of the following species is represented:

    • Raft

      • Faithfully represented _____ _____ _____

      • Clearly and correctly labeled _____ _____ _____

    • Swamp Bug

      • Faithfully represented _____ _____ _____

      • Clearly and correctly labeled _____ _____ _____

    • Bug Rider

      • Faithfully represented _____ _____ _____

      • Clearly and correctly labeled _____ _____ _____

    • Snapper

      • Faithfully represented _____ _____ _____

      • Clearly and correctly labeled _____ _____ _____

    • Yellowhead

      • Faithfully represented _____ _____ _____

      • Clearly and correctly labeled _____ _____ _____

    • White Hunter

      • Faithfully represented _____ _____ _____

      • Clearly and correctly labeled _____ _____ _____

    • 3 additional species

      • Faithfully represented _____ _____ _____

      • Clearly and correctly labeled _____ _____ _____





  • Food Web/Chain

    • All known relationships are identified _____ _____ _____

    • Drawing is logical _____ _____ _____

    • Relationships are briefly described _____ _____ _____



  • Ecosystem

    • Abiotic & biotic elements are identified _____ _____ _____

    • Special relationships are identified _____ _____ _____

    • Drawing or model of ecosystem is made _____ _____ _____


TOTAL _____ _____ _____



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