Title: Biodiversity survey: Local ecosystem and food web investigation
This is a hands on lesson in which students will explore their local community to identify living things. It can be used as part of a unit on biodiversity and energy transfer within a biology, zoology, or environmental science course, or as an enrichment assignment for AP biology or AP environmental science. This interdisciplinary high school lesson provides students with real life experience towards mastering objectives in art, English, science, technology, social studies, and math.
Title: Barf Biology (An Extended Owl Pellet Dissection)
As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will create pyramids using owl pellets. In groups, students will dissect owl pellets to aquire information about owl consumption. Groups will then create an ecological pyramid, a number pyramid, and a biomass pyramid. These creations will be composed into a vodcast to be shared on school tube.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (9-12) 17: Create an interactive digital product using programming logic.
Title: How Many Mice Can An Owl Eat?
As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will use student response systems to determine the average number of mice an owl eats in a day, a week, a month, and a year. This lesson can be used as an introduction or as a review.
Standard(s): [S1] BIO (9-12) 13: Trace the flow of energy as it decreases through the trophic levels from producers to the quaternary level in food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids.
Title: Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection
This lesson is virtual dissection of Owl Pellets. This interactive website gives the option of dissecting pellets from many kinds of owls. This would be great to use before actually dissecting, because it would help student learn to identify the bones before the actual dissection.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (9-12) 13: Demonstrate collaborative skills using curriculum-related content in digital environments.
Title: Introduction to Biology: Organisms
This lesson introduces basic biology principles and the characteristics of living organisms.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (9-12) 9: Practice ethical and legal use of technology systems and digital content.
Title: Biomagnification in the Great Lakes Ecosystems
This Xpeditions lesson focuses on biomagnification as it relates to the ecosystems of the Great Lakes region in the mid-western United States. As they work through the lesson, students diagram a food chain and label maps to show progress on environmental issues.
Standard(s): [SS2010] HGEO (9-12) 10: Recognize how human-environmental interaction affects culture in today's society.
Title: Weather and Agriculture
In this Xpeditions lesson, students research, discuss, and write reports on the relationship between climate and agriculture. They pretend that they've just purchased farms in specific parts of the United States and investigate that region's weather and climate in order to maximize the chances that their farms succeed.
Standard(s): [S1] GEL (9-12) 9: Describe the movement and storage of water in terms of watersheds, rainfall, surface runoff, aquifers, and surface water reservoirs.
Title: Owls: Top of a Food Chain
This Science NetLinks lesson serves as proof that owls eat rodents and use this energy to survive. Owls excrete the parts of the rodent that they are unable to digest, leading students to infer that they are recycled in the soil. Using commercial owl pellets, students can try to identify the type of rodent eaten by the owl. Students are capable of creating a food chain based on prior knowledge: Owl-vole-grain or seeds-sun.
Standard(s): [S1] BIO (9-12) 16: Identify density-dependent and density-independent limiting factors that affect populations in an ecosystem.