Grade Level: 6-8
Introduction: The tropical montane cloud forests of Monteverde are widely regarded as a biodiversity hotspot. Students will gain a greater appreciation of this biodiversity by selecting a cloud forest animal and becoming the class expert on it. Students will collaborate to create a cloud forest field guide and will share information with one another to learn about a wider variety of cloud forest animals.
Objectives: Students will be able to: (1) observe and describe animal diversity as it exists in the cloud forest, (2) gain expertise on one cloud forest animal.
National Science Standards: Regulation and behavior (C); populations and ecosystems (C); diversity and adaptations of organisms (C).
Time: 2 or 3 60-minute periods. Day 1: 60 minutes (5 minutes for Opening, 5 minutes for Step 1, 50 minutes for Step 2); Day 2 (optional): 60 minutes for Step 3; Day 3: 60 minutes (40 minutes for Step 4, 20 minutes for Step 5 and accompanying Animal Diversity Awards activity)
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