Lora Carpenter-Janike
Redeemer International School of Thailand
Science Teacher

Science 11: Sustainability:  Biodiversity and Resiliency  Name ________________________

October 17-November 23, 2005  Final Due: November 24 and 25. 

Objectives:   The student will explore the diverse and dynamic nature of life on Earth.

            The student will understand different ecosystem responses to change and recovery.

          The student will identify the role of biodiversity in resiliency of an ecosystem.

            The student will investigate how resource use by humans affect an environment’s ability to recover after a disturbance. 

      Level C: Knowledge and Comprehension

      Choose four (15 points each)

      Level B: Application and Analysis

      Choose two  (12.5 points each)

      Level A: Synthesis and Evaluation

      Choose one  (15 points each)

      1. Make vocabulary cards for 8 vocabulary words.
      1. Find  and print your ecological footprint at the Earth Day Website.
      1. Visit The Creative Action Website and list 5 ways that you can walk more lightly on the Earth.
      1. Read The Politics of Biodiversity and state 3 reasons why humans depend on biodiversity.
      1. Draw or take a picture of a natural environment and an artificial environment.
      1. Use the Visual Earth Website to identify artificial and natural areas.  List the areas you find.
      1. Find two songs or poems that are about a natural and an artificial environment.
      1. Compile a series of pictures showing the differences of natural and artificial environments.
      1. Compare your ecological footprint to one of the other footprint summaries in a poster format.
      1. Read “Seawalls: Protectors or Destroyers”.  Make a pro/con list on the construction of sea walls.
      1. Write a compare and contrast essay on recovery from the tsunami in a populated area to an unpopulated area.
      1. Make a Venn Diagram that compares recovery from a disturbance in a natural environment versus an artifical environment.
      1. Make a poster to demonstrate how diversity can help an ecosystem recover from disturbance.
      1. Write a one-page essay on how a species count can be used to judge an area’s biodiversity.
      1. Create and give a survey that shows what sort of environment people prefer, natural or artificial and reasons for the preference.
      1. Pretend that you are a United Nations official working in Banda Aceh.  Record a video report on the problems that you face in tsunami recovery.

Final Assessment: 

Use what you have learned during this unit and on the field trip to complete one of these tasks.  These projects are due November 24 and 25 Rubrics are located in the hanging files for the unit. 

    1. Write a persuasive letter to a government official offering 3 ideas/suggestions for the physical redevelopment of the Phang Na beachfront.
    1. Design and build a model of beachfront property in Phang Na considering the potential of tsunamis.

      Unit Vocabulary 




      ecological footprint








      natural resource


      Your Points for the Unit 

      Learning Activities: 

      Level C (Knowledge and Comprehension)  ___/60 

      Level B  (Application and Analysis)            ____/25 

      Level A (Synthesis and Evaluation)            ____/15 

      Bottleneck Genes Lab ____/10

      Species Count Lab ___/10 

      Final Assessment  ___/30