As an undergraduate Biological Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to help you n teaching evolution and behavior, biodiversity, and ecology.
This lesson plan helps students to learn about the current and past habitats of an animal (specifically, squirrels), and how changing habitats can affect the distribution of a species. The activity will also allow learners to examine data and interpret whether climate change can cause changes in habitats and consequently, changes in species distribution.
Thus, the use of this toolkit allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in the Biological Sciences.
Use this lesson plan to help your students find answers to:
- 1. What are the factors that influence the distribution of a species?
- 2. How does climate impact biodiversity?
- 3. What is range shift? Examine global databases to find out examples of climate-related range shifts.
About Lesson Plan
|Topic(s) in Discipline||•Biodiversity, Animal Diversity (Chordates, Mammals)
• Evolution and Behavior (Species and Speciation)
• Ecology (Populations; Precipitation Patterns, Vegetation,
• Soil Types; Zoogeography)
|Climate Topic||Climate and theBiosphere|
|Approximate Time Required||120-150 min|
|A video that explains how the monitoring of a climate-sensitive species, the American Pika, can reveal the possible impact of climate change on the habitat and population of a species.
|Classroom/Laboratory Activity (90 – 120 min)||A classroom/laboratory activity to examine and analyze squirrel species distribution and habitat data (from the USA) over time,and to interpret the possible relationship between climate change and biodiversity.
Here is a step-by-step guide to using this lesson plan in the classroom/laboratory. We have suggested these steps as a possible plan of action. You may customize the lesson plan according to your preferences and requirements.
|1.Introduce the topic||
|2. Play a short video||
|3. Conduct a classroom/laboratory activity||