Title: Camouflage Predation Challenge
Through this simulation, students will understand the role of camouflage in keeping animals from attracting attention of their predators. Using newspaper and patterned wrapping paper, students will construct two habitats. Students will then compete in timed hunts to spot and collect objects within the habitats and will graph the results of their hunt.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.
Standard(s): [S1] ZOO (9-12) 7: Explain how species adapt to changing environments to enhance survival and reproductive success, including changes in structure, behavior, or physiology.
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: The Arctic and Antarctic Circles
In this student activity from Xpeditions, students research the ends of the Earth--the Poles--to compare and contrast the regions. Background information is provided, giving insight into the nature of these two areas and outlining their differences and similarities.
Standard(s): [SS2010] GHS (3) 1: Locate the prime meridian, equator, Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer, International Date Line, and lines of latitude and longitude on maps and globes.
Title: Animals Versus People: Who's the Better Navigator?
This Xpeditions lesson asks students to focus on people's innate navigational abilities. They first read about animal navigation and then compare animal and human navigational capabilities. They then create travel brochures for an Outward Bound-style company, providing customers with tips on how to find their way if they get lost and can t rely on their map and compass.
Standard(s): [S1] ZOO (9-12) 9: Analyze a field study of animal behavior patterns to determine the relationship of these patterns to an animal's niche.
Title: Mammoth Extinction
In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore a Web resource that presents various hypotheses about why the woolly mammoth became extinct, with a special focus on an infectious disease as the cause. After exploring the information, students discuss how species might become extinct as well as how researchers look for evidence to support their hypotheses and theories.
Standard(s): [S1] ZOO (9-12) 8: Differentiate among organisms that are threatened, endangered, and extinct.