Different types of Species (DNA vs. morphological)
Compare Canis lupus with Canis latrans
3 different example: are these the same species
Number of identified species
MI Content Standard L5.p1A Define a species and give examples. (prerequisite)
MI Technology Standard: Demonstrate how to import/export text, graphics, or audio files
Learning Resources and Materials
Development of Lesson
Start with a review of taxonomy (kingdom, phylum, class).
Use Homo sapiens as the example to get students thinking.
Traditional Lecture using a PowerPoint presentation.
Class discussion with questions (If your class uses clickers, incorporate them into the question slides).
Two students have dyslexia and are slow readers:
o This assignment is already a good adaptation, as the visual representation allows them some freedom from written assignments.
o The electronic format also always them to use word-processing software to assist with spelling and grammar.
One student has ADHD:
o During class discussion use our "cue" to get students attention before asking her a question, which keeps her involved.
One student stutters when speaking in front of groups or strangers:
o Prearranged -- If student wants to speak during class discussions he will raise his hand and I will call on him, otherwise I will not. This relieves pressure to be on guard all the time and allows student to formulate his thoughts before expressing them, which helps with the stuttering.
Students will take a minimum of 10 digital photos of similar and different species of living things around the school, their homes, or other environments they frequent.
Photos will be uploaded to a computer and inserted as jpeg files into a MS Word, PowerPoint, or similar software document. Each photo will be given a caption with the scientific species name as well as the common name.
A print out of the photos with captions will be provided to teacher as homework.
Grading will be based on correct identification & labeling of each species pictured. 100% correct identification will receive a "B" grade. An "A" grade can be earned by comparing/contrasting the species depicted and listing the type of speciation.
Ask students to share their photos with the class and compare which species were most commonly chosen, and which were unique.
To be completed after the lesson.