USDA-ARS and Fireside Productions
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- This video can be used in a variety of types of lessons: geography, climate change, environmental science, anthropology.
- For middle school students, it might be a bit long and dry - educator need to unpack the science. Suggest using concept mapping to help students understand the science content.
About the Science
- The experiment simulates projected climate changes to see how the grasslands will respond. Research scientists from the US Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University, and University of Wyoming are featured, collecting grass samples and explaining how they will test each species for present conditions and predicted future conditions. Scientists discuss positive and negative impacts of the C02-enriched environment, and potential implications for livestock and invasive species.
- Comments from expert scientist: It is a well described research project and easy for all ages to understand.
About the Pedagogy
- Video illustrates very clearly how scientists manipulate plots of grassland (modifying temperature and C02 levels) so they can measure impacts of changes predicted for the future, on different species of plant life. Good explanations by the scientists about how they conduct their research.
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