Educational Goals, Aim, & Rationale
This curriculum web is designed to teach students concepts and issues about biodiversity. Providing a variety of online resources, the primary goal is to increase knowledge and understanding of biodiversity among target students. Engaged in different activities, students will learn the content while developing and improving their learning skills. In addition, they are expected to think more analytically and critically about the importance of biodiversity and its influence on environment, society, and human life.
The Earth is a delicate and complex system, and all creatures have interdependent relationships with each other. Various species of plants, animals, and microorganisms, the enormous diversity of genes, the different ecosystems are all part of a biological diversified world. Thus, studying biodiversity is a meaningful way to understand our planet. In another aspect, biodiversity supports ecosystem services, and human life depends on properly functioning ecosystems. Both people and environment benefit from appropriate conservation and sustainable development strategies. Accordingly, this curriculum web helps students raise their awareness of respecting nature and preserving biodiversity.
Science is the core subject of this curriculum web, while language skills and technology skills are also involved. Major topics and issues covered are:
Completing this learning module, students will be able to:
The target learners are 9th graders, 14-15 years old high school freshmen. However, this curriculum web can be used with younger, motivated students, or older students who have not developed a general understanding of biodiversity. Ideally, but not necessary, the target learners are curious and have a decent interest in science investigation.
Since science class is not cultural or physical restricted, the target learners also include ESL students and disabled students who are able to participate in activities. However, in order to provide equal and effective education, instruction and evaluation accommodations are needed occasionally while dealing with these students.
Before using this curriculum web, students should: