Mapping Species Distributions

Elizabeth Ridder
Grade Level: 
Arizona State Science Education Standards: 
Grade  8     Strand  1:  Inquiry  Process   Concept  1:  Observations,  Questions,  and  Hypotheses:  Formulate  predictions,  questions,  or   hypotheses  based  on  observations.    Locate  appropriate  resources.  Concept  3:  Analysis  and  Conclusions:  Analyze  and  interpret  data  to  explain  correlations  and  results;   formulate  new  questions.     Concept  4:    Communication:  Communicate  results  of  investigations.     Strand  2:  History  and  Nature  of  Science     Concept  1:    History  of  Science  as  a  Human  Endeavor:    Identify  individual,  cultural,  and  technological   contributions  to  scientific knowledge.   Concept  2:    Nature  of  Scientific  Knowledge:    Understand  how  science  is  a  process  for  generating   knowledge.   Strand  3:  Science  in  Personal  and  Social  Perspectives   Concept  1:    Changes  in  Environments:    Describe  the  interactions  between  human  populations,   natural  hazards,  and  the environment.   Concept  2:    Science  in  Technology  and  Society:    Develop  viable  solutions  to  a  need  or  problem.   Strand  4:  Life  Science     Concept  4:    Diversity,  Adaptation  and  Behavior:  Identify  structural  and  behavioral  adaptations.  

The lesson asks students to develop maps based upon climate variables. These maps are created as "overlays" on tracing paper so that they students can stack the "Layers" to examine relationships between the variables.

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