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Move It or Lose It: Species Respond to a Warming World

In this activity students work in teams to examine a primary literature paper, understand statistical output, and interpret graphs. The paper provides crucial evidence on species shifts in latitude and elevation in response to climate change. Not only will students learn how to read and think critically, through discussion with their peers, they will also gain confidence in the ability to articulate their understanding of statistical output. In addition, they will discuss why some species may not be able to respond to climate change and what the consequences are for these species. Finally, they will be empowered by learning about the evidence for the effects of climate change.
Primary or BEN resource type
General Biology Core Concepts
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords Climate change, evidence, methods of science
Key taxa Mammals, Insects, Plants
Intended End User Role
Educational Language
Pedagogical Use Description Students work in teams during class to answer a series of questions that will guide them through a deeper understanding of the article by leading them through the process of dissecting figures, examining statistics, and interpreting results. I usually stop the students every few questions and have them check in with their answers. We then discuss any issues as a class.
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation Biology Department
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY
Primary Author email
Submitter Name Abby Grace Drake
Submitter Email
Rights None
Date Of Record Submission 2014-11-11

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