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Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) WarmUp Activity: Threats to Biodiversity

Laura Guertin, Penn State University Delaware County
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1) How is climate change a threat to biodiversity?

2) What are the impacts of pesticides on animals (including insects) and humans?

3) Can human population growth really impact biodiversity? Explain your viewpoint.

Student Responses:

See the Just-in-Time Teaching page on assessment for information and ideas on how to evaluate student responses.

References and Notes:

Articles that students may be assigned to read for this set of questions include (but are not limited to):

Dobson, A.P., "Biodiversity in a Changing World." Conservation and Biodiversity, p. 211-229.

The use of Just-in-Time Teaching is discussed in detail on the JiTT Starting Point page.

Additional information on JiTT is available in the book:


Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Biology:Diversity

Resource Type

Activities:Classroom Activity:Just in Time Teaching

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Ready for Use

Ready to Use

Earth System Topics

Climate, Biosphere:Diversity, Atmosphere


Climate, Human Dimensions/Resources, Biosphere


Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science