The earth supports a tremendous variety of flora and
fauna. This biodiversity results from a unique combination of geographical
factors including altitudes, water bodies, and climate, to name a few.
Every life form requires a specific type of habitat to survive, and
many life forms have remarkable adaptation skills.
Habitats are diverse, but together, they provide a complex web of interaction
and interdependency that humans are only beginning to understand. The
modern clash between urban expansion and delicate habitat systems is
a subject familiar to students. By the end of this unit, students should
be able to:
- Offer a definition of a habitat
- Describe the physical characteristics of a particular habitat
- Relate climate to resulting flora and fauna of a habitat
- Discuss what it means for a habitat to be in equilibrium and outline
the factors that bring habitats out of equilibrium
- Link the geographical and ecological relationships that exist between
- Consider the ways in which humans can protect habitats
- Suggest practical solutions for protecting the environment
To address these objectives, students will embark on a learning project
to study a world habitat in-depth. They will then role-play as scientists
to present their findings..