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Metabolic Rate and Climate Change


As a high school or undergraduate Biological Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to teach about metabolism in living organisms, metabolic rate and factors affecting metabolic rate including the impact of increasing global temperatures due to climate change.

This lesson plan will enable students to understand the role of metabolism in living organisms and the various factors that influence it. Students will be able to understand how climate change could influence the metabolic rate of organisms and affect their physiology and survival. A hands-on lab activity will enable students to assess temperature driven changes in metabolic rate of ectotherms and endotherms.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Biological Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Define metabolism and metabolic rate of living organisms.
  2. List the various factors that influence metabolic rate.
  3. Understand what ectotherms and endotherms are.
  4. Describe thermoregulation in animals.
  5. Discuss the possible effects of increased temperature due to climate change on ectotherms and endotherms.

Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Dr. Subhash Rajpurohit, Ahmedabad University, India.

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