Learner Objectives: Students will work as detectives to determine possible causes of a sudden amphibian population decline in the fictional town of Mayberry, Florida, by examining several document clues that shed light on the problem.
Meets NGSS Standards:
• that organisms and populations are dependent on their environmental interactions with other living and nonliving factors (NGSS LS2A)
• that disruptions to any part of the ecosystem can lead to shifts in all of its populations (LS2-C)
• construct an argument supported by evidence that changes to components of an ecosystem affect populations in that ecosystem (NGSS MS-LS2-4)
• evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services (NGSS MS-LS2-5)
What happens when something disrupts the ability of a system to meet the needs of the organisms within its bounds? In this activity, students will explore what that “something” might be when presented with the problem of a precipitous decline in the native tree frog population of Mayberry, Florida.
In this activity, students will identify possible causes for the “silent nights” Mayberry is now experiencing as the tree frog population has plummeted. While there is no one right answer, students can and should find evidence to support their theories from the clues provided.
- two real news articles
- fax cover sheet from Mayberry State Park
- grand mall opening poster
- lawn treatment center memo
- lawn treatment center flyer
- diary entries
- invasive species "wanted" poster
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