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This INTERESTING and FUN NGSS middle school activity challenges students as park rangers to create solutions to various real problems facing Yellowstone's ecosystem and teaches them the importance of maintaining BIODIVERSITY. This ready-to-go three to four day lesson plan addresses the Next Generation Science Standard's Performance Expectation MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services. This resource a fun, authentic lesson that will stimulate discussion and develop understanding about the importance of biodiversity as students are required to research their group’s problem, develop a solution to the problem, and design a poster to present to the class.
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This activity covers the following DCI: Biodiversity describes the variety of species found in Earth’s terrestrial and oceanic ecosystems. The completeness or integrity of an ecosystem’s biodiversity is often used as a measure of its health.
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