Fall lessons focus on autumnal cycles and lesson themes are aligned with local and regional celebrations of our state's diverse natural resources.
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Bat, what can we do? - Oct. 9
Oct. 24-31 is #BatWeek and we are excited to bring you and your learners into the world of bats!
The “Bat, What Can We Do?” lesson blends Next Generation Science performance expectations and Common Core State Standards with service learning for high school students.
Students are introduced to the many ecosystem services bats provide and are presented with challenges bats face regionally and globally. In this lesson, students will explore anthropogenic impacts to bats and will be asked to create their own solution for bat population declines in their community. Students will research, analyze, and evaluate credible sources as the basis of their project and will be asked to write a short technical paper. They will look for evidence that conflicts with their own conclusions as a way of broadening their story.
The final project will answer a self-generated question in the form of a service project. This project could include multimedia, a social-art awareness campaign, habitat restoration or creation, community science, etc. The lesson aims to empower students and help them learn new skills as they explore potential careers.
Learn how biologists monitor the health of our bat populations in our latest blog, Taking the night shift.
The Diversity of Climate Change - Nov. 13
The Diversity of Climate Change lesson introduces high school students to the variety of ecosystem services biodiversity provides. Students define and list the threats to biodiversity and investigate how biodiversity impacts their life. They explore how natural resource managers adapt their work to reduce species loss and plan for changing seasons, habitats, and phenological patterns.
Ultimately, students will create a model to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2 degrees Celsius and they will evaluate what positive and negative effects their solutions will have on biological, cultural, and economic systems.
This lesson aligns with NGSS life science standards and engineering practices as well as Washington OSPI standards in sustainability and social studies.
- Biodiversity and Climate Change PowerPoint
- Managing for Climate Change PowerPoint
- Ecoregion Vulnerability Spreadsheet-Teacher
- Species Vulnerability Spreadsheet-Teacher
- Ecoregion Vulnerability Spreadsheet-Student
- Species Vulnerability Spreadsheet-Student
- Species Assessment Form (WWF)
- Climate Modeling Assignment