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Island Biodiversity Past to Future

STEM Subject

Island Biodiversity Past to Future 

National Middle School Science Standards

Earth Science, Life Science 

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

Key Terms:

archaeology, biodiversity, coastal ecosystem, Native American, climate change, Holocene period

Key Concepts:

  • Human impacts on island and coastal biodiversity 
  • Changes in ecosystems over time
  • Shifting baselines of biodiversity 
  • Impacts of human activities on ecology 
  • Technology used by archaeologists 

 Resource Types:

Associated Experts

Scientists are fascinated by evidence that Channel Island people have been interacting with island foxes for more than 7,000 years. Photo by Rene Vellanoweth, California State University Los Angeles. Scientists are fascinated by evidence that Channel Island people have been interacting with island foxes for more than 7,000 years. Photo by Rene Vellanoweth, California State University Los Angeles.
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RESOURCES ABOUT ISLAND BIODIVERSITY PAST TO FUTURE

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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Island Biodiversity teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

Earth Science

MS-ESS3

Earth and Human Activity
  • MS-ESS3-3Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • MS-ESS3-4Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
Life Science

MS-LS2

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-1Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-4Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

NATIONAL CURRICULUM STANDARDS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES (NCSS)

People, Places, and Environments

  • The study of people, places, and environments enables us to understand the relationship between human populations and the physical world.  
  • During their studies, learners develop an understanding of spatial perspectives, and examine changes in the relationship between peoples, places and environments.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-ESS3, MS-LS2

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Archeologist Dr. Torben Rick in a brown jacket on a sandy beach. The ocean and blue sky are behind him.
Torben Rick
Archaeologist and Curator of North American Archaeology
Tags: biodiversity

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