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Phenotypic Plasticity: Coping with Climate Change


As a high school or undergraduate Biological Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to teach about phenotypic plasticity in living organisms, as a response to environmental fluctuations.

This lesson plan allows students to understand the concept of phenotypic plasticity and to differentiate between acclimation and adaptation, in response to climate related abiotic factors. The lesson plan emphasizes how climatic conditions affect the morphology, physiology and behavior of organisms. It includes learning material that enables them to understand how phenotypic plasticity in plants help them to cope with climate change.

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 and describe phenotypic plasticity in plants and animals
  2. Differentiate between adaptation and acclimation
  3. Describe how phenotypic plasticity helps organisms to cope with climate change

Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Dr. Amit Vashishtha, Dr. Aditi Kothari-Chhajer and Dr. Neeti Mehla, Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi), India.

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