Curriculum

How Can We Protect Animals When Their Habitat Changes?

This module will be available to purchase from fall 2017

How Can We Protect Animals When Their Habitat Changes?

How Can We Protect Animals When Their Habitat Changes? is part of a new curriculum series being developed by SSEC. It is aligned to a subset of 3rd grade NGSS performance expectations, with a focus on engineering design. In this module, students learn that animals have gone extinct a long time ago and are in danger of going extinct today when their habitat changes. They use their understanding of science and engineering to design and test a tunnel that will help salamanders get to breeding ponds.

Below are digital resources that support teaching of this module.

Module Background Information

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
http://invention.si.edu
This website gives examples of inventions and invention stories.

The Age of Humans: Evolutionary Perspectives on the Anthropocene
http://humanorigins.si.edu/research/age-humans-evolutionary-perspectives-anthropocene
This website has more information on the Anthropocene epoch.

Lesson 1: Animal Survivor

Tiger Range 
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Animal Needs
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Lesson 3: Roly Poly Hotel - Part 2

Panda Enclosure
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Lesson 5: Camera Trap

The Science of Camera Traps
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/science-camera-traps
This website gives examples of inventions and invention stories. Alexandra Sanson, PhD, University of Oxford, and Roland Kays, PhD, North Carolina State University, discuss the use of camera traps in ecological research.

Virgina Woodland
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Woodland Animals
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Wildcam Gorongosa
https://www.wildcamgorongosa.org/#/
This website is where citizen scientists can help scientists identify animals in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

Lesson 7: Under the Sea

Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal
https://ocean.si.edu/
The Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal has information on marine habitats and animals as well as resources for educators.

Open Ocean
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Ocean Biodiversity - Discovering Marine Invertebrates
http://qrius.si.edu/explore-science/webcast/ocean-biodiversity-discovering-marine-invertebrates
This video is an interview with a Smithsonian zoologist who researches animals that live in the open ocean.

Lesson 8: She Sorts Seashells

Educational Innovations
https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.teachersource.com/downloads/lesson_pdf/FSL-800.pdf
The Educational Innovations website describes, with illustrations, the different fossils in this kit.

Lesson 9: Fossil CSI

Paleozoic Ocean
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Lesson 10: Dinosaur Dig Site

Arthropods
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Lesson 12: Tiger, Tiger

Rescuing Species
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/rescuing-species
Elizabeth Hadly, PhD, Stanford University, discusses the effect of habitat loss on genetic diversity of tigers.

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