This resource is to be paired with the viewing of the Wild Kratts Aardvark Town Video. This episode can be found on YouTube, Yahoo, or on Netflix (Season 1, Episode 3). The episode shows how the structural features of an aardvark allow it to play a keystone species role in its community. The resources allows student to deduce the definition of keystone species based on how they have observed the animal living in its environment through the Wild Kratts video.
These activities can be used to teach the NGSS MS-LS2-1 DCI-
“LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
Organisms, and populations of organisms, are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving factors. (MS-LS2-1)”
There are 4 activities found in this packet:
Video Guide (to be filled out while the students are watching the video)-- This includes an answer key.
Think-Pair-Share Activity to define keystone species
Claims, Reasoning, and Evidence Writing to describe why the aardvark is a keystone species
Claims, Reasoning, and Evidence Writing extension for further research about other keystone species
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