MS-LS2-5 Biodiversity Lab Stations Activity

MS-LS2-5 Biodiversity Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-LS2-5. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Biodiversity Lab Learning Objectives
1. Discuss the features of biodiversity: ecosystem diversity, species diversity and genetic diversity.
2. Evaluate the value of biodiversity to ecosystem stability.
3. Explain how the loss of biodiversity impacts ecosystems.
4. Identify human activities that lead to loss of biodiversity.
5. Evaluate solutions that counter destruction of diverse ecosystems and maintain or restore biodiversity.

Science Skills Station
Students will conduct two investigations at this station. Students will study the impact of species diversity on the health of an ecosystem. Students will also study the impact of genetic diversity on the success or fitness of a species.

Narrative Station
Students will read a text about biodiversity and its importance to ecosystems. They will also watch a video about the types of biodiversity and how ecosystem, species and genetic diversity form a complex weave of biodiversity.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas about biodiversity. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will study problems caused by deforestation. Students will study consequences of deforestation, causes of deforestation and limitations to restoring biodiversity loss due to deforestation.

Synthesis Project
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project to best address MS-LS2-5. In the directed project, students will further their study of deforestation started at the problem-solving station. Specifically, students will consider and evaluate solutions that counter deforestation and loss of biodiversity. Students will consider economic, social and scientific constraints and implications of the solutions.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
2 Computers or tablets
2 brown paper bags (lunch size)
1 lb bag of jelly beans (multiple colors)

If performing the directed synthesis project in class, students will require computers. Allow one extra class period if performing the direct synthesis project in class.

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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Total Pages
32 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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