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SPN's Conservation Classroom Visit Program

This free classroom visit program is designed to be an engaging student experience that focuses on the ecology, behavior, and conservation of one or two of our project species; elephants, rhinos, and tigers.

 

A key objective is to empower students to turn knowledge into action and become active participants in conservation efforts at both the global and local level.

"SPN's classroom visit was not only the highlight of the students' term but was highly insightful.

The students left with not only the will to make a change but were empowered with the knowledge to do so"

 

- Prof. Elizabeth Jordan, Santa Monica College

Programs and connections to Next Generation Science Standards

Middle School

Integration with 'Next Generation Science Standards'

Three Dimensions:

 

Science and Engineering Practices:

Define a problem that can be solved through the development of an object, tool, process or system (MS-ETS1-1)

 

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

Human activities have significantly altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging or destroying natural habitats and causing the extinction of other species (MS-ESS3-3)

 

Crosscutting Concepts:

Patterns can be used to identify cause-and-effect relationships (MS-ESS1-1)

 

Earth (ESS) and Life Science (LS) Performance Expectations.

 

MS-ESS3-3: Design a method for monitoring and minimizing human impact

 

MS-ESS3-4: How increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems

 

MS-LS2-5: Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services

 

 

High School

Integration with 'Next Generation Science Standards'

Three Dimensions

 

Science and Engineering Practices:

Design, evaluate, and refine a solution to a complex real-world problem, based on scientific knowledge. (HS-LS2-7)

 

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

Sustaining biodiversity so that ecosystem functionality and productivity are maintained is essential to supporting and enhancing life on Earth.

 

Crosscutting Concepts:

Stability and Change (HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7) and Cause and Effect (HS-LS4-6).

 

Earth (ESS) and Life Science (LS) performance expectations

 

HS-LS2-2: Factors affecting biodiversity and populations.

 

HS-LS2-6: Changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem

 

HS-LS2-7: Solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity

 

HS-LS4-6: Solutions to mitigate impacts of human activity on biodiversity