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Teaching Resources

Mammal Biodiversity

STEM Discipline

Mammalogy

National Middle School Science Standards

Life Science, Earth Science

Key Terms: biodiversity, ecosystem, mammalogy, speciation, DNA barcoding

Key Concepts: 

  • Defining a species
  • How to discover new species
  • Describing new species 
  • Value of museum collections
  • Technology used by mammalogists 

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

The Olinguito, discovered by a team led by Smithsonian's Kristopher Helgen. Photo by Mark Gurney.The Olinguito, discovered by a team led by Smithsonian's Kristopher Helgen. Photo by Mark Gurney.
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RESOURCES ABOUT MAMMAL BIODIVERSITY

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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Mammal Biodiversity Webcast Package supports students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations by offering a set of resources that integrate science concepts with science practice skills.

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.
Earth Science

MS-ESS3

Earth and Human Activity
  • 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.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-LS2, MS-ESS3

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Zoologist Dr. Kristofer Helgen holding a specimen of the Greater Monkey-Faced Bat, with others in a open collections drawer.
Kristofer Helgen
Former Curator of Mammals
Darrin Lunde sitting at a table that has mammal specimens.  He is holding one in his hand. A computer and shelves are behind.
Darrin Lunde
Mammal Collections Manager
Tags: biodiversity

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