Coastal Peru: The Amazing Biodiversity of a Coastal Ecosystem

Peru's coastal ecosystem is only one of the country's amazing features. But travelers don't need passports, expensive plane tickets, or heavy suitcases to examine the biodiversity of coastal Peru. Armed with a field trip log and graphic organizers, young scientists become nature spies on a virtual field trip to Peru.

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Instructional Ideas
  • For younger learners, break up the showing of the video to keep viewers focused
  • Post pictures of the Paracas Candelabra, the other Peruvian geoglyphs, and of divers swimming with whale sharks
  • After watching the video, have class members develop their own questions to research
Classroom Considerations
  • The first 7 minutes of the 45:13 video provide an overview of the country
  • The episodic nature of the video makes it possible to pause the video frequently to check for understanding
  • Requires color copies of the Spy Guide
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The Spy Guide keeps viewers focused
  • The support documents may be downloaded as either PDF or Word documents
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