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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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Question:

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:

  • Just-in-Time Teaching: Blending Active Learning with Web Technology. Novak et al., 1999 The authors explain what Just-in-Time Teaching is, its underlying goals and philosophies, and how to implement it. They also provide an extensive section of tested resource materials that can be used in introductory physics courses with the JiTT approach. (citation and description)


Subject

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

Topics

Climate, Human Dimensions/Resources, Biosphere

Theme

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