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Intended for use prior to viewing the Science on a Sphere film "Water Falls," this lesson introduces students to Earth's water cycle and the importance of freshwater resources.
This activity is about underwater mapping and its importance in deep-water exploration. Working in groups, learners will use bathymetric survey data to create a two-dimensional topographic map. They will use that map to create a three-dimensional... (View More) cardboard model of landforms, such as an underwater volcano. The students will be able to interpret two- and three-dimensional topographic data and consider how they might plan for future diving missions based on the analysis of this data. Extensions to this activity are available. This is the first of three activities in the "Impact of Climate Change on Hawaiian Monk Seals" section of Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. (View Less)
This activity is about the relationship between habitat and wildlife. After reading and discussing a story on prairie potholes and waterfowl, learners will use hula hoops, packing peanuts and other materials to simulate prairie pothole destruction... (View More) as a result of climate change and the impact of habitat loss on the waterfowl population. Learners will be able to recognize the correlation between the quality and quantity of prairie potholes and the waterfowl that use this region for reproduction. This activity can be performed outside or in a gym/multipurpose room. This is the first of three activities in the "The Impact of Climate Change on Prairie Potholes" section of the "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators." (View Less)
This activity is about the process of transecting, by which researchers divide an area into smaller plots that can be investigated more closely for biotic and abiotic samples. Learners will be able to determine the presence of wildlife by recording... (View More) and analyzing observations from a transect. They will then consider what conclusions can be drawn about the entire area and what the limiting factors may be for that specific habitat. This activity should be performed outside, in a location suitable for spreading out and exploring. Student data sheets to guide the data collection are available. This activity is part of the "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators." (View Less)