Thursday, January 6, 2011

Biodiversity Lesson 1

Here are 2 unique Australian species. What are they?

Task 1 (30 minutes)

Work in groups to conduct online research to the following questions:
a) What is the modern classification system used by biologists?

b) How are organisms classified? What is the basis of classification? (Refer to the examples of platypus and legless lizard)

c) How did the modern classification system come about? Who were the biologists who contributed to this area of study?

d) What other key characteristics are there to describe the modern classification system?


Task 2 (25 minutes)

Review the key characteristics of the organisms in the 5 kingdoms.

Group 1 – Monera, Protista, Fungi

Group 2 – Plantae

Group 3, 4 & 5 – Animalia (Invertebrates & Vertebrates)

Post your group research in the science blog.

Task 3 (Homework, Individual)

Read the post uploaded by the other groups.

Select 3 groups of organisms and provide 3 facts that were not mentioned in the group’s research. Post your findings in the comments section.

Task 4 (Homework, Reflection, Individual)

1. What is biodiversity?

2. In one or two sentences, write why is biodiversity important to us?

3. What is the key understanding of this lesson?

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