Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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- Educators should point out the relationship between the discussed variables and caribou population: When insect activity increases (i.e. mosquitoes), a loss of blood results in a decrease in caribou population. When snow levels increase, energy consumption increases and inability to escape predators results in a decrease in caribou population.
- Educators should explain the relationship between increasing snowfall and arctic warming, which is counter-intuitive and not explained.
- Students need to understand percent increase and decrease in order to complete this activity; an example calculation is provided.
- Educators could add other resources that explain the effect of insects and snowfall on caribou population and discuss with students. See, for example: http://www.gi.alaska.edu/ScienceForum/ASF13/1344.html.
About the Science
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
- Students explore the causal relationships between insect activity, which is affected by summer temperatures, and winter snow depth on caribou population.
- Data output is easily accessible to most middle school students.
About the Pedagogy
- Suggested assessment is to have students create a board game about seasonal migration with the conditions the caribou might encounter and the positive or negative effects.
- Student activity sheet provided is well-constructed and easy to use.
- Educator references show a sample data output as well as the results of all nine variable combinations.
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