Grades 6-8

Boundaries and Isolation

Classroom Activity, Educator Guide

Boundaries and Isolation

This discussion explores the difference between natural and human-made boundaries and their effect on isolated populations.

Isolated Populations and Inbreeding

Lesson Plan

Isolated Populations and Inbreeding

Discuss how scientists define populations, and the consequences of inbreeding in animal populations like the Florida panther and purebred dogs and horses, and in human populations like the Amish and the Habsburg royal family.

Ecology Disrupted

Lesson Plan

Ecology Disrupted

Use Science Bulletins videos to explore other examples of disrupted habitats and populations. See how daily life affects wood turtles, seabirds, monarch butterflies, the Gulf of Mexico, Florida panthers, and badgers.

The Bighorn Sheep and Their Environment

Lesson Plan

The Bighorn Sheep and Their Environment

Introduce students to the bighorn sheep Science Bulletin video, the scientist who conducted the research, Clinton Epps, and the effect of highways on Las Vegas and the sheep habitat.

Make Your Own Liaoning Diorama

Activity

Make Your Own Liaoning Diorama

Re-create the 130-million-year-old forest in what is now China to understand why this fossil site is of such vast scientific importance.

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