Game: Pesticides - the peregrine’s fate

In this activity, students play a game in small groups to explore how toxins like pesticides accumulate in the food chain. 

They take on the roles of falcons and pigeons to see how pesticides in grain may not immediately kill the animal that eats them, but travel up the food chain with dire consequences for animals at the topconsequences for animals at the top.

  • Key Stage: KS2, KS3
  • Time required: Game - 10 minutes

About this resource

  • Resource type: game
  • Theme: Pollution

Learning outcomes

  • understand that toxins like pesticides can accumulate as they pass through the food chain
  • understand that this accumulation can be fatal for animals at the top of the food chain
  • Curriculum links

Materials required

  • a numbered card for each player
  • three containers, each filled with a different grain (kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, seeds)
  • a bag with a mixture of each of the grains
  • a card entitled 'The Peregrine’s Fate'

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