Climate Change and Animals

In Climate Change & Animals, students will explore the impact of the changing climate on animals across the world through the lens of work carried out by ZSL's own scientists. Following a self-led investigation of real results collected by scientists in ZSL's Institute of Zoology, students are empowered to make a difference through a discussion of what they can do to reduce their impact. 

Objects from the natural world used in this session are loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs.

Age Group: KS3 (11-14 years old) Duration: 45-55mins Capacity: 35 students

Coral reefs in the Maldives 

Intended Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Recall the science behind the greenhouse effect and give examples of how humans ‘enhance’ the greenhouse effect
  • Discuss a selection of common myths surrounding climate change
  • Give examples of the risks of climate change on animals, including humans    
  • Give one example of a ZSL project that involves climate change research
  • Understand what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint   

 

National Curriculum Links:

KS3 Biology Working Scientifically Scientific attitudes
  • Pay attention to objectivity and concern for accuracy, precision, repeatability and reproducibility.
  • Understand that scientific methods and theories develop as earlier explanations are modified to take account of new evidence and ideas.
Experimental skills and investigations
  • Ask questions and develop a line of enquiry based on observations of the real world, alongside prior knowledge and experience.
  • Make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding
Analysis and evaluation
  • Interpret observations and data, including identifying patterns and using observations, measurements and data to draw conclusions.
Interations and interdependencies Relationships in an ecosystem
  • How organisms affect, and are affected by, their environment, including the accumulation of toxic materials
Genetics and evolution Inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes
  • Changes in the environment may leave individuals within a species, and some entire species, less well adapted to compete successfully and reproduce, which in turn may lead to extinction
KS3 Chemistry Earth and atmosphere
  • Earth as a source of limited resources and the efficacy of recycling
  • The composition of the atmosphere
  • The production of carbon dioxide by human activity and the impact on climate
KS3 Geography Locational knowledge
  • Extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries using maps of the world
Human and physical geography
  • Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems

                                                   

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