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World Wildlife Fund
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Portions of this lesson can be used independently.
- Consider using a local ecosystem for research if relevant data and information are available.
- Consider taking a field trip to the study site before you begin the exercise/research project.
About the Science
- An independent research project that focuses on changes in the ecosystem produced by climate change/global warming.
- Important to clarify for students the difference between climate change and climate variability.
- Many good references and supporting materials; suggestions for teachers as they guide students to conduct research.
- Comments from expert scientist: Biodiversity in ecosystems is a very "hands-on" topic that is readily accessible to most students/schools.
- This activity does an excellent job of encouraging students to appreciate this topic in their local environment -- this is excellent.
- This develops excellent critical thinking skills, encourage hypothesis development for the scientific method, and also provides an engaging, practical atmosphere through field-trips.
About the Pedagogy
- Worksheets provide good scaffolding for student research.
- Teachers (or students) may have to find research websites for students although many are suggested.
- Student preconceptions are brainstormed in the first part of the lesson.
- Supplies knowledge prerequisites for both students and teachers.
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