Lesson Plan

Plankton to Penguins: Antarctic Food Web

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A well-written lesson plan, second in a series of four, gets high schoolers exploring how the Antarctic food web is impacted by climate change and the associated melting of polar ice sheets. It begins with a PowerPoint presentation about the polar ecosystem. Small groups use beads and game cards to model how decreasing sea ice impacts the food web. To close, a class discussion ensues about ocean acidification and what pupils learned from the activity. Be sure to consider using the entire unit in your environmental studies course.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
  • Intentionally meets Next Generation Science Standards
  • Detailed script and lecture notes accompany the slides of the PowerPoint
  • A collaborative learning game is used to model impact of climate change on food webs
  • A reading selection in the homework can be used to address Common Core State Standards in scientific literacy
  • Well-written lesson plan and attractive handouts
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