Image retrieved from Kid's Planet Especies Animal Facts http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/graphics/worlmap.jpg
Image retrieved from Kid's Planet Especies Animal Facts http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/graphics/worlmap.jpg
The Task


You are an ecologist seeking funds to protect the habitat of an endangered species. You must convince a panel of philanthropists that your species deserves protection and that its survival is dependent on the survival of its environment. To do this, you must create a webpage that describes the biome where your animal is found and make a presentation to the panel to convince them that your animal must be protected. You should be able to answer the following questions when you are finished:

1. Why is it important to save your animal? What role does it play in its ecosystem?

2. Why is it endangered?

3. What steps should be taken to save your animal?




The Process

Week 1

  1. You will choose an endangered species from a list provided in class and determine the biome in which the animal is found. You must come to class with the name of the biome.
  2. You will create a wikipage on the class wiki. How to: Click on "Pages and Files", and "create new page". Enter the name of your endangered animal and be sure to enter proj3 (block 3 students) or proj4 (block 4 students) in the tag space to create your page. You will be asked to click on edit and type something in to create your page. Please make sure to tag your page proj. This will make your page show up on the navigation bar under Biomes Projects.
  3. Upload a picture of your animal. Include a proper citation for the image in your bibliography section and a caption. See the bibliography page in the navigation bar on how to properly site material.
  4. Create headings for your wikipage. See the project criteria page for more information on how to organize the headings for your page. This is a good way to track your progress.
  5. Research one adaptation of your animal. Record the site used in your bibliography using the appropriate format shown on the bibliography page.
  6. Complete the self-assessment checklist for today and show your teacher.

Week 2: Physical Geography/Features

1. Research and summarize information about the abiotic factors of your biome, including terrain & geography
2. Locate your biome on a biome map and include it in your project.
3. Describe the location, noting proximity to large bodies of water or other important factors that influence climate.
4. Answer “how is the location of your biome affecting the climate?”
5.Create 1 climatograph for your biome and upload it on to your wikipage. Students who upload a climatograph will only receive a minimally meeting on this task.
6. Complete the self-assessment checklist.
7. Comment on the feedback that I give you on your wikipage.
8. Hand in both week 1 and 2 self-assessment to me.
9. Remember to cite your sources and add to your bibliography.


Week 3: Adaptations of organisms

1. Picture and description of one type of symbiosis involving your endangered animal.
2. Include 2 other examples of adaptations of plants and animals to the climate in your biome: include pictures and descriptions of the adaptations. Are the adaptations structural, physiological or behavioural?
3. Explain why these adaptations are beneficial to the organism(s).

Week 4/5: Ecosystems

1. Build 1 food chain of the organisms in your biome including your animal and upload it to your page.
2. Creat 1 Pyramid of energy or biomass for that food chain and upload it your page.
3. Create Food web including your animal and upload it ot your website.
4. Research and summarize the human impact on your biome and your animal
5. Research the impact of one Foreign species and include a picture of the organism and how it was introduced.



Week 5

This is the last week to work on your biome project. You should be finished except for some final tweaking, refining and editing. The due date for this project is March 8 (today) but I will not be evaluating them until next week.
1. Go over all of the checklists for the past 5 weeks and see if you have completed all of the tasks. If you have “lost” the sheets, look at the home page on the wiki.
2. Proofread what you have written or have a peer proofread yours while you proofread theirs.
3. When you are sure that you have done your best, check over the rubric on the homepage to see if you are good to go to the final task below.

A. Create a blog post that reflects on the process and answers the following 3 questions in the form of a letter to the panel that is funding the process. Include evidence from your project to support your position.

1. Why is it important to save your animal? What role does it play in its ecosystem?

2. Why is it endangered?

3. What steps should be taken to save your animal?

Put this after your bibliography on your wiki page.

B. Look at the learning outcomes (provided in class) and write down all of the outcomes that you now understand as a result of completing this project.

C. What are some other skills that you gained as a result of completing this project? (minimum 3)





















Part 1 due: Feb 8, 2013
Part 2 due: Feb 14, 2013
Part 3 due : Feb 22, 2013
Part 4 due: Mar 1, 2013
Finished project and presentation due: March 8, 2013
Projects will be assigned a QR code and be accessible for the students at RBSS to view. Students will use a template and upload a photo of their animal, the animals name and a short statement that tries to convince a viewer to check out their website to find out more.
Students who are behind will be assigned to Success Watch to complete the missing components.


Evaluation




The following rubric will be used to assess your project.
Criteria
Not meeting
Minimally meeting
Meeting
Exceeding
Communication in Science
Student does not reach a standard described in any of the descriptors described at the right
Student uses a limited range of scientific language correctly
The student communicates scientific information with limited effectiveness
Student uses some scientific language correctly
The student communicates scientific information with some effectiveness
Student uses sufficient language correctly
The student communicates scientific information effectively
Knowledge and Understanding
Student does not reach a standard described in any of the descriptors described at the right
The student recalls some scientific ideas, concepts and/or processes.
The student applies scientific understanding to solve simple problems
The student describes scientific ideas, concepts, and/or processes
The student applies scientific understanding to solve complex problems in familiar situations
The student analyses scientific information by identifying parts, relationships and causes
The student uses scientific ideas, concepts, and/or processes correctly to construct scientific explanations
The student applies scientific understanding to solve complex problems including those in unfamiliar situations
The student analyses and evaluates scientific information and makes judgements supported by scientific understandin
Content
Physical Geography:
  • Abiotic: climate, (describes how biome is affected by climate) soil,landscape
  • Map: biome and biome region identified
  • Climatograph You made it
Adaptations of organisms
  • Adaptations: 2 examples with picture, includes why the adaptations are beneficial
  • Symbiosis: 1 example with picture
  • Human impact on food web/ecosystem/on your animal
Ecosystems
  • Food chain (min4 organisms)
  • Food web: Minimum 10 organisms, correctly labelled
  • Food Pyramid
  • Foreign species: picture, description and impact
Bibliography: minimum 5 sources cited, all pictures cited
The work is your own