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Unit 6D, Continuity of Life

Unit Project: Debating Endangered Species

Look at factors relating to the endangerment of species. Debate whether all endangered species can and should be saved.

 
Project Link 1 (Chapter 1, page D24)
To prepare for a class debate, you will examine whether there is a relationship between an organism's method of reproduction and its risk of becoming endangered. Find out whether any species that reproduce asexually are endangered. Is asexual reproduction an advantage or disadvantage to an organism regarding its risk of endangerment?

Internet Links
Causes of Endangerment

American Museum of Natural History
Endangered! Exploring a World at Risk
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/endangered/index.html
Internet Links
Sexual and Asexual Reproduction
American Society for Microbiology
Case #2: Why Are Microbes Such an Evolutionary Success Story?
http://www.microbe.org/microbes/success.asp

Imperial Cancer Research Fund: Cells are Us
http://www.icnet.uk/kids/cellsrus/cellsrus.html

Student Resources

  • Endangered Organisms and Selected Endangered Species
  • Endangered Organisms and Selected Endangered Species (continued)

    Project Link 2 (Chapter 2, page D37)
    The traits of some animals have evolved to make them “specialists” or “generalists.” A specialist is an animal that specializes in using one kind of resource to survive. (For example, black-footed ferrets eat prairie dogs almost exclusively.) Find out about some endangered plants or animals that are “specialists.” Decide whether specialists are more likely to be endangered than “generalists,” or organisms that use many kinds of resources.

    Internet Links
    Endangered Species

    ThinkQuest ES2000
    Endangered Species of the Next Millennium
    http://library.thinkquest.org/25014/english.index.shtml

    American Museum of Natural History
    Endangered! Exploring a World at Risk
    http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/endangered/index.html

    EndangeredSpecie.com: The Rarest Info Around
    http://www.endangeredspecie.com/

    The National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition
    Where are the Endangered Species?
    http://www.nesarc.org/species.htm

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Endangered Species Picture Book
    http://www.epa.gov/espp/coloring/

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Division of Endangered Species: Species Lists
    http://www.fws.gov/endangered/wildlife.html

    Sierra Club
    Habitat Home Page: Wildlife Need Wild Places
    http://www.sierraclub.org/habitat/

    Internet Links
    Extinction

    American Museum of Natural History Treasures: Dodo
    http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/expeditions/treasure_fossil/Treasures/Dodo/dodo.html

    ThinkQuest: Extinct Species
    http://library.thinkquest.org/11922/extinct/extinct.htm

    Internet Links
    Conservation

    Wildlife Conservation Society: Virtual Zoo
    http://www.wcs.org/kids/map/index.html

    National Audubon Society
    Endangered Species Campaign
    http://www.audubon.org/campaign/esa/

    Student Resources

  • Endangered Organisms and Selected Endangered Species
  • Endangered Organisms and Selected Endangered Species (continued)

    Project Link 3 (Chapter 3, page D53)
    Create imprint “fossils” of footprints. With a group of classmates, choose an animal to research and create a fossil of this animal's footprint. Compare your group's fossil with those of the rest of the class. Share the information you have learned.

    Internet Links
    Footprints

    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
    Environmental Education for Kids!
    Follow That Footprint, Paw Print, Hoof Print...
    http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek/nature/track.htm

    Internet Links
    Fossils

    San Diego Natural History Museum
    Finding Fossils
    http://www.sdnhm.org/kids/fossils/index.html

    Royal Ontario Museum:
    Fossils! Behind the Scenes at the Museum

    http://www.rom.on.ca/schools/fossils/index.php

    University of California Museum of Paleontology
    Learning From the Fossil Record
    http://www.UCMP.Berkeley.EDU/fosrec/

    Internet Links
    Making Your Own Fossils

    Southern Illinois University: Hands-on Fossils
    http://www.science.siu.edu/geology/outreach/making_fossils.htm

    Student Resources

  • Making Tracks
  • Making Tracks (continued)


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