Evolution, Diversity and the Sustainability of Life

Wetland Ecosystems III



The resource consists of a student workbook and an accompanying teacher's guide.  The unit is divided into six lessons, each made up of short readings, classroom activities and questions relating to the three major concepts of evolution, diversity, and the sustainability of ecosystems.

  • Lesson 1 - A Species and an Ecosystem in Peril: Students will explore factors leading to the explosion in the snow goose population and evaluate potential management solutions through discussion and democratic processes.
  • Lesson 2 - Wetlands and Environmental Quality: Students will understand that human actions modify environments through direct changes to living things, water, air and land and through indirect effects.  Environmental quality refers to the ability of environments to be life-supporting.  A variety of biotic and abiotic factors are used as indicators of environmental quality
  • Lesson 3 - Specialisation and Natural Selection: Students will understand that individual living things can be categorised into groups that share common features.  The concept of natural selection provides a basis for interpreting the evolution, adaptation, and extinction of species.
  • Lesson 4 - Who Am I?: Students will learn how to classify living things based on similarities and differences among organisms
  • Lesson 5 - Diversity and Adaptations: Students will demonstrate an understanding that living things show a diversity of structural and behavioural adaptations
  • Lesson 6 - Wetland Field Trip: Students will practice the following skills: 1) work in field teams in a safe manner, 2) draw field maps, 3) set out study plots, 4) collect animal samples, 5) measure water clarity, 6) measure and calculate water flow, 7) identify and measure plant and animal specimens, 8) identify adaptations of animals to their environment, and 9) identify wetland impacts


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