Last Updated Oct 12, 2020
This unit will introduce students to the ethical and environmental issues created by the shark finning industry. Students will develop questions about the industry while looking at a photo of shark fins removed from living sharks. Throughout the unit, students will analyze pieces of evidence to answer their questions and eventually come to understand the environmental effects of shark finning.
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Students will know
- Population dynamics
- Function of predator/prey relationship
Students will understand
- How changes in populations lead to unbalanced ecosystems
- Predator extinction can lead to extinction of other species lower down the food chain
Students will be able to
- Investigate the effects of shark finning
- Simulate population and ecosystem dynamics
- Analyze data about the population dynamics to understand connections between predator, prey, and producers.
Next Generation Science Standards Connections
MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem
Activities to Gather Evidence
Wildlife Forensics is written by Dr. Mary Stapleton and has been adapted for use by Learning Undefeated