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: ABC Book of Fauna
This lesson is to provide students the opportunity to explore the various types of fauna (animals) found in the various biomes throughout the world.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (9-12) 11: Critique digital content for validity, accuracy, bias, currency, and relevance.
Title: Classify That!
In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students get acquainted with diverse forms of life by using modern biological classification systems to group animals that are related. Students learn about basic scientific groupings like genus, species, mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. One of the Web sites featured in this lesson allows them to pair different vertebrate animals and learn more about their common traits. By doing this, students begin to classify organisms in a more sophisticated way.
Standard(s): [S1] ZOO (9-12) 5: Use taxonomic groupings to differentiate structure and physiology of vertebrates with dichotomous keys.