In this mock conference, your space is converted from its regular set up to a conference center. Students enter and are given name tags (template provided), welcome sheet, and notes for the keynote presentation.
This product is best if students can access videos as a class or at learning centers. This does contain PPT and PDF files.
Getting StartedThe keynote presentation establishes some information the students will need as they move through the other presentations. Always considering what is the best way to maintain elephant biodiversity. Following the keynote presentation and a brief introduction, students will move to different learning stations “conference rooms” to learn about the following topics:
- What is a keystone species? (including 3 keystone species examples)
- Why is biodiversity important? (including the types of biodiversity)
- What are beehive fences?
- How can wildlife corridors help?
Using Real ProblemsWhile the conference is a mock conference, the problem is very real. This is a selection of hands on ecosystem activities. The kids are looking at real data and making a decision on that information. Students are presented with various videos and informational texts that include things like the economic benefits of biodiversity, keystone species in the savanna, the social and economic obstacles and benefits of two different methods for protecting elephant biodiversity.
Assessment IdeasThe summative assessment for this unit is up to you. I suggest a persuasive essay, PSA, and/or debate (and include rubric ideas). I have provided a two-page claim-evidence-reasoning activity to help students gather their evidence for this assessment.
NGSS Addressed in these lessons: MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystemI don’t offer refunds on printables, but if you are unhappy please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can help.