For Instructors

This lesson focuses specifically on the process of biomagnification and incorporates environmental justice concepts. Students read a case study about mercury poisoning in Minimata, Japan to construct a food web diagram and a graph of mercury concentrations versus food chain position.

  • 4 activities
  • 1-2 class period
  • Strategies: Prediction, Case study, diagram, graph, model
  • Standards alignment:
    • NGSS: HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-4, HS-LS3-2, HS-ESS3-6

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