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Finding Out How Nature Really Works

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Description

This fascinating video provides a glimpse into the world of entomologist David Roubik as he investigates tropical bee biology.  From capturing specimens to examining pollen grains under a microscope students are able to see science in action while deepening their understanding of biological relationships.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This video supports Grade 6-8 science outcomes related to biological diversity, interactions within ecosystem and plant biology.  There is also an important link between healthy ecosystems and pollinators which supports discussions about sustainable food production.  The film provides an excellent overview of scientific processes and techniques used to collect data and perform field surveys.

A class could use the video as the basis of a community action project where students work alongside naturalists to collect data about a local species at risk.  The field information could be used to define and implement conservation strategies like a public awareness campaign or habitat restoration.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Biodiversity
    • Interdependence