Why Do More Species Live Near the Equator?

The tropics contain about 40 percent of the area on Earth. Viewers take a trip to Peru as an entrancing video from a larger biology playlist explores the region. It explains the facts and theories about the biodiversity near the equator. It also offers a call to action to prevent these areas from being destroyed.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Go into more depth about the difference in round versus flat maps on our perception of the size of continents/oceans/etc.
  • Graph the number of species scientists identify each year and discuss the trends
Classroom Considerations
  • Content ends at 6:40 and remaining time is an advertisement
Pros
  • Provides closed captioning for the hearing impaired
  • Highlights new vocabulary throughout
  • Includes a list of references in the notes section
Cons
  • None