Variation Teacher Resources
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Introduce ecology classes to biodiversity and interdependence in ecosystems with a PowerPoint presentation. Then, they get up-close and personal with the invertebrate world by collecting insects, classifying them, and graphing their data. Links to the slide show, instructions for insect sampling, and dichotomous keys for identification are all provided for your convenience.
6th - 12th Science 22 Views 11 Downloads
The Effect of Natural Selection on Genes, Traits and Individuals
Rotating through five stations, evolutionary biologists explore the question of how changes in DNA facilitate the changes in a population over time. High-quality, colorful cards of animals, skeletons, skulls, and DNA sequences can all be laminated for repetitive use at stations where learners investigate adaptations, morphology, genes, and analogous and homologous structures.
9th - 12th Science 24 Views 26 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Discovering Rainforest Locations
How many rainforests are there, where are they, and do global factors effect their locations? These are great questions that have great answers. Children in grades four through eight use several different maps to determine why rainforests occur where they do and what environmental factors cause them to grow.
4th - 8th Science 34 Views 51 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Ecology, Nutrient Cycles, Populations
You will get much mileage out of this resource. It is three presentations in one! Standard general ecology information is included within these 69 slides. The first segment deals with levels of organization, biotic and abiotic factors, biomes, biodiversity, and the flow of energy.
6th - 12th Science 85 Views 333 Downloads
Worksheet: The Theory of Natural Selection
Here is yet another variation of the classic activity in which lab groups use different tools to imitate different bird beaks as a demonstration of one of the factors in natural selection. What makes this one unique is that it is on a brightly colored worksheet and is followed by an assignment to write a paragraph about the occurrence of natural selection.
7th - 12th Science 91 Views 138 Downloads
Species and Specimens: Exploring Local Biodiversity
Students practice skills essential to all scientific investigation: carefully observing and collecting data. They become field biologists in a series of hands-on activities to collect and identify specimens, and survey and calculate the diversity of plant species in their local environment.
6th - 12th Science 8 Views 36 Downloads
Biodiversity Flourishes in Phanerozoic Eon
Sal share the timeline and process by which life propagated and colonized land. He covers life events that occurred during the Cenozoic, Mesozoic, and Paleozoic eras. The video is very basic and covers general knowledge of these eras and topics.
10 mins 10th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download
New Review Biodiversity and Evolution
Why is diversity in biology so important for an ecosystem? Explore biodiversity, evolution, and natural selection with a presentation for your biology class. It features clear information, activities for further understanding, and helpful graphics.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
Regents High School Examination: Living Environment 2009
Emerging ecologists need a full understanding of life, from the inner workings of a cell to the complex relationships among organisms. This examination is meant to assess high schoolers after an entire year course on the living environment.
9th - 12th Science 12 Views 158 Downloads
Tree Diversity Activity
Class members become tree huggers with this terrific study of biodiversity among trees! They do so by examining different characteristics of trees: shape, leaves, bark, fruit or seeds, etc. After examining five concepts, they use their knowledge to design a community landscape.
5th - 9th Science 9 Views 33 Downloads
The African Savanna
Are you thinking about taking your class to the local zoo? Kids of all ages love visiting exotic animals in order to learn about biodiversity, habitat, and animal adaptations. Here is a 44-page activity guide that provides educators with a wide variety of pre-trip activities intended to enhance the overall field trip experience.
1st - 5th Science 34 Views 26 Downloads
The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation
The pocket mouse can be light brown like the sands of the desert, or dark brown like the volcanic lava flows that are interspersed throughout New Mexico's Valley of Fire. It seems that predators have weeded out light colored mice in this volcanic landscape.
10 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science 19 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch
After finding from this feature that the famous finches of the Galapagos have developed different beak styles depending on the food available on their island, pupils can play a game of matching finch songs. In a lab activity, they can also analyze data to form conclusions about the relationship between natural selection and the beak shapes.
16 mins 6th - 12th Science 4 Views 5 Downloads
New Review Biodiversity and Evolution – Darwin’s Finches
Teens experience natural selection firsthand (or first beak) in an activity that has them act as finches foraging for food. Using different household items to act as different beak styles, your little finches will collect as much food as they can from the sources available.
9th - 10th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Designing Marine Protected Areas
Young scholars analyze marine sites to include in a biodiversity protection reserve and choose sites that provide the most efficient reserve system. For this protecting marine areas lesson plan, students study the species richness and diversity index of species in 8 different sites and determine which combination of sites are the most efficient to make a successful biodiversity protection reserve.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 17 Downloads
How many of your learners know that even today new species are being found all over the globe? Introduce them to the amazing diversity our planet houses with a creative activity about animal variation and classification. They'll use a dichotomous key to classify nine newly discovered species, and then they'll construct their own dichotomous key based on a series of animal pictures, showcasing key animal features.
2nd - 5th Science 5 Views 9 Downloads
Learners explore biodiversity and populations using Alaska's wildlife as their focus. In this environmental statistics lesson, students examine the concept of exponential growth in a population and calculate the change in population. Learners compare reproductive rates to rates of population.
7th - 9th Science 25 Views 215 Downloads
Diversity in Insects
Second graders examine bug photos from across the world. For this biodiversity lesson, students use a field notebook to make observation of insect photos. The class gather on the floor to investigate a mock field of insects and share their discoveries.
2nd Science 3 Views 9 Downloads