Arkive News Galapagos Conservation Teachers’ Notes

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ARKive News - Galapagos Conservation - Teachers’ Notes

Who is it for? 16 - 18 year olds

How long will it take? The activity is designed for a 1.5 hour session, perhaps split over two classes with scope for home learning between.
Learning outcomes: Students will learn about the Galapagos Islands and their scientific history and importance, including the endemic species, habitats and conservation issues surrounding these.
What do you need?

  • Interactive whiteboard or projector

  • Computer to connect to whiteboard or projector

  • ARKive’s ‘ARKive News - Galapagos Conservation’ Information sheets

  • ARKive’s Galapagos or Galapa-Nos worksheet

  • Laptops - enough for the students to work in pairs

  • Pens and paper

  • Optional - filming equipment: video camera, tripod, tape, editing capabilities

This activity is designed to teach 16-18 year olds about the Galapagos Islands and their conservation.

Students learn about:

  • the scientific history and importance of the Galapagos Islands

  • the habitats that make the islands unique

  • the major conservation steps to date including sustainable development

  • a particular conservation issue relevant to the Galapagos Islands in depth through a group project

Activity 1: working alone, students read a summary information sheet about the Galapagos Islands and their conservation and then are asked to try and identify some endemic species.
Activity 2: working in small groups, students research, script and present a 2 minute news bulletin on a conservation issue in the Galapagos Islands. If filming equipment is available, this could be an optional extension for a more confident class.

Preparation guidelines:

  1. Download the ARKive News - Galapagos Conservation PowerPoint classroom presentation.

  2. Read through the notes to get a feel for the subject and direction of the session

  3. Print out enough “Galapagos Conservation” information sheets, “Galapagos or Galapa-Nos” worksheets and “ARKive News” student handouts for the whole class.

  4. Set up computer and internet access for by the students during the session. One computer per group is sufficient.

How to run the session:

  1. Begin by introducing the Galapagos Islands using the ARKive News: Galapagos Conservation PowerPoint classroom presentation

  1. Find out what the students already know about the Galapagos Islands and their conservation, as a starting point for further discussion.

  1. Introduce the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands and the subject of endemic species.

  1. Introduce activity 1, conservation in the Galapagos Islands info sheet and “Galapagos or Galapa-Nos ?” worksheet. This activity takes around 10 minutes.

    1. Hand out the information sheet and the worksheet.

    2. Ask the students to read the information sheet.

    3. When they have finished, ask them to see if they can work out which species are endemic to the Galapagos Islands on the worksheet.

    4. Go through the answers featured in the PowerPoint as a class. Show the video of the sharp-beaked ground-finch as an example of another amazing endemic species, if appropriate.

  1. Using the PowerPoint, ask the class what threats they think may face species in the Galapagos Islands, and explain those on the PowerPoint slide if necessary.

  1. Introduce activity 2, “ARKive News” Bulletin. This activity should take around an hour in total, depending on class size. It could be split across two lessons, with the main research and scripting part in the first lesson or alternatively this could be set as a homework activity with the presentation part of the activity carried out as part of the next lesson.

  1. Ask the students to get into pairs or groups of three.

  2. Hand out the “ARKive News” student instructions and go through them on the PowerPoint.

  3. Allocate a topic to each group for the ARKive News Bulletin from the following list:

      1. Giant tortoises

      2. El Nino/ La Nina

      3. Darwin’s finches

      4. How climate change could affect Galapagos species

      5. Ecotourism in the Galapagos

      6. Shark finning in the Galapagos

      7. Introduced/invasive species and their control

      8. Sea cucumber fisheries

      9. Sustainable development in Galapagos

      10. The species and habitats of a Galapagos Island e.g. Fernandina

      11. The Galapagos marine reserve/whale sanctuary

      12. Evolution and the Galapagos Islands

  1. Each group will need a computer to access - and other websites - to research and script their topic.

  2. Circulate and help each group with ideas and suggestions as appropriate.

  3. Allocate time for each group to present to the class and/or camera. Give a prize for the best one!

Glossary of terms:

  • Species: a group of organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of interbreeding to produce fertile offspring.

  • Endemic: a species or taxonomic group that is only found in one particular country or geographic area.

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