Work continues on the new Conservation Education Club syllabus at Mukamusaba Primary School in Livingstone, where the latest topic is food chains.
Students were given a set of eight flash cards including pictures of grass, an impala, zebra, giraffe, lion, hyena, vulture, and an earthworm. They were put into small groups and were initially asked to create a food chain using the cards. Next, they were instructed to remove a single card to show how each individual element of the food chain is vital to the others to maintain a healthy ecosystem. The students impressed Lion Encounter staff with how well they did this; demonstrating an understanding of the connection between each component and also the serious implications an individual animal becoming extinct would have on the rest of the food chain. To reinforce the learning, the students then transferred their food chain onto a poster, before presenting their work to the rest of the class.
This was another successful Conservation Education session which demonstrated the effectiveness of Problem-based Learning in the classroom.
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