Lessons

Graphing La Selva Meteorological Data: Is There Evidence for Climate Change in the Tropics?

Climate change is in the news. Scientists who study this phenomenon base their claims on evidence gathered over multiple years. This lesson challenges you to graph an authentic, long-term data set of rainfall collected from a rainforest in Costa Rica. After graphing, you...

Paint a Picture of Your Ecosystem: Protocols for Establishing a School Study Site

Some students think that best part of science class is the doing part. This is a lesson that puts you in the driver’s seat; you become a scientist by taking important ecological data to “paint a picture of your ecosystem.” If you enjoy using...

Creating Your Own “TEAM” Site

This lesson helps you become a citizen scientist, ultimately collecting important data. Your teacher has selected a study site for your school and you will be a part of the action. You and your classmates will study how TEAM scientists describe their study sites and then...

Patterns in Camera Trap Data

We can learn tons about our environment by using technology. Scientists in the tropics have been placing camera traps in protected areas to see what animals live in certain habitats. They were surprised by who they caught on film. In this lesson, you will get to see the...

Virtual Field Trip and Research Project in the Tropics

Ecologists study the relationship between organisms and their environments. In this lesson, you will virtually travel to a TEAM (Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring) Network field site and report on the site using presentation software. Next, you will imagine you...

Finds in the Forest

Between 2008 and 2010, hundreds of hidden cameras (camera traps) were placed in wild areas in the tropics of the world. In this lesson, you will view the best 32 pictures from the thousands taken of secretive mammals. You will read the summary of this study to understand...

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