Conservation Science with Rebekah Pettit

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Join teacher Rebekah Pettit in a DNA matching operation, sourcing dung and ivory to assist in identifying where elephants are most at risk.

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What Will I Learn?

  • Citizenship
  • Critical thinking
  • Project-Based Learning

About Course

Students take part in a DNA matching operation, sourcing dung and ivory to assist in identifying where elephants are most at risk.

Next Generation Standards Covered

 

Performance Expectations

In this lesson, we would expect students to:

  1. Demonstrate an appetite for exploration
  2. Have attention to detail when exploring narrative, conversation and written information
  3. Interact with Non-Player Characters (Scientists) and follow instructions given.
  4. Be prepared to explore the map environment using a compass as a guide
  5. Show empathy for elephant plight

Guiding ideas

  1.  What is DNA?
  2. Where can it be found?
  3. How can DNA be used to identify separate species?
  4. How can DNA be used to identify unique members of a species?
  5.  Do we (human beings) have unique DNA?
  6. What kind of science is important in conservation?

Student activities

  1. Students learn how DNA can be found in dung as well as tusks.
  2. Students recognize the importance of dung samples as DNA identifiers.
  3. Students develop an understanding of how matching tusk and dung DNA can help to identify poaching hotspots.
  4. Students develop an understanding of why science is key to solving wildlife crime and conservation.

Age level

  • 8 – 10 years old  
  • 11 – 13 years old  

Requirements

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