Why do species go extinct? This Question Exploration asks the Essential Question: What factors affect biodiversity? How do new species form even as other species go extinct?
Question Exploration Routine is an instructional methods that teachers can use to help a diverse student population understand a body of content information by carefully answering a critical question to arrive at a main idea answer. Students taught using the Content Enhancement routines earned higher total test scores than did students taught using the lecture-discussion method.
Personally, I use the Question Exploration Routine to figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it. It keeps my "Sage on the Stage" time limited to what fits onto 2-3 pages (about 45 minutes of directed class discussion, for a total of 90 minutes). This product includes both completed question exploration guides, and the student guides blanked except for vocabulary, scaffolding questions, and graphics already filled in.
This Question Exploration has the following learning objectives and outcomes:
SWBAT Explain how a new species forms
SWBAT Identify factors that affect biodiversity
SWBAT Explain how the inability of a species to adapt within a changing environment may contribute to its extinction.
This Question Exploration Routine is classroom tested to help students with the following Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science:
SC.7.L.15.2 Explore the scientific theory of evolution by recognizing and explaining ways in which genetic variation and environmental factors contribute to evolution by natural selection and diversity of organisms. SC.7.L.15.3 Explore the scientific theory of evolution by relating how the inability of a species to adapt within a changing environment may contribute to the extinction of that species.
SC.912.L.15.3 Describe how biological diversity is increased by the origin of new species and how it is decreased by the natural process of extinction.