K-12 PROGRAMS

Appreciating Biodiversity

Grades K-3 - Live Invertebrate Investigation - Animals and Biosphere basics

Topics:

  • Animal diversity & classification
  • Biosphere basics - Earth’s life supporting processes

Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast invertebrate animals
  • Describe relationships among water, plants, animals, soil and atmosphere
  • Build a biosphere model

This instruction meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Life Sciences (LS).

  • Kindergarten - LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • First Grade-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • Second Grade -LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics, LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • Third Grade -LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, LS4-3 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

See the Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Grades 4-8- Squid Investigation

This completely hands-on laboratory experience introduces students to the Humboldt Squid: Dosidicus gigas.

  

Topics: 

  • Biodiversity
  • Observations and data collection based on the Dosidicus gigas 

Objectives: 

  • Give examples of animal adaptations
  • Communicate verbally, and in writing, the results of an inquiry
  • Formulate new questions based on the results of a completed investigation.

Students are challenged as individuals and as members of a lab team to answer formal examination questions about the specimen. They will also take home research links to even higher level concepts.

  

 

This instruction meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Life Sciences (LS).

  • Fourth Grade - LS1-1 and 2 From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes
  • Fifth Grade LS2-1 - Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
  • Middle School - LS1-3 Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes

See the Next Generation Science Standards.

  

 

High School- Squid Morphometry 

Topics: 

  • Dissection
  • Data collection
  • Analysis of form

Objectives: 

  • Dissect & Identify structures of Dosidicus gigas
  • Select & measure a parameter of Dosidicus gigas
  • Organize, analyze and discuss data 

This instruction meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Life Sciences (LS).

  • High School – LS1-2 Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes, LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics

See the Next Generation Science Standards.

 

The program is limited to a MAXIMUM of 60 students on the day of the visit (broken into two groups of 30).  Only 30 students at one time can do the lab; the other 30 tour Biosphere 2 during that time. Then the groups flip-flop.  Group must be able to spend 3.5 hours on-site (time includes tour, activity, and time for lunch on-site).  

*Cost:  

Pricing for this EDUCATOR LED tour and program:

  • K-12: $15 per student or chaperone (Discount Season July-December). Adult/chaperone ratio maximum 6:1, minimum 10:1. $300 flat fee for groups of 19 or fewer.

  • K-12: $17 per student or chaperone (Regular Season January-June). Adult/chaperone ratio maximum 6:1, minimum 10:1. $340 flat fee for groups of 19 or fewer.

  • Any additional adults or family members above the maximum allowed chaperones must pay the separate applicable admission fee and be assigned to a regularly scheduled public tour. Please note – upon arrival, we ask for ONE payment for the entire group.

(*Rates effective August 15th, 2016)

To schedule a field trip for your class, or for questions about booking, please contact us at 520-838-6192 or via email at BIO2-GROUP@email.arizona.edu

For questions about the lesson content, please contact: faulkel@email.arizona.edu.

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