Students will develop an understanding of some of the costs and benefits of using pesticides and of how those products affect biodiversity. They will research pesticides and learn about alternatives to the reliance on pesticides for growing potatoes.
This is one of 3 activities that can be found in PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity module. To get the activity, attend a training or purchase the module now from shop.plt.org. Below are some supporting resources for this activity.
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Potatoes, Pesticides, and Biodiversity
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BioInteractive’s Science Education Resources
At BioInteractive, you can find hundreds of free multimedia resources for science education targeted to a high school and undergraduate audience. Topics range from evolution to ecology, to diversity of organisms and earth and environment, to biotechnology and the scientific process. The resources include apps, animations, videos, interactive tutorials, and virtual labs to help engage students and explain difficult scientific concepts. Videos range from short clips to short films (15 to 30 minutes long) to full-length lectures on a specific topic given by top scientists working at the cutting edge of scientific research—all supplemented by teacher guides and classroom activities.
In this online simulation from ARKive, students ages 6-14 learn about conservation and science as they work as ecologists to protect the world’s species and habitats. Players replant native trees, evacuate non-infected forest species, survey coral reef health, and examine relationships between predator and prey. Teacher Notes and photos, videos, and facts about each featured habitat are also offered.
Ordinary Extraordinary Junco
Introduce yourself to one of North America’s most common groups of songbirds, the Juncos. Readily observed in backyards, city parks, and forests alike, these little gray birds—sometimes called “Snowbirds”—can be easily overlooked. But for scientists who study animal behavior, ecology, and evolutionary biology, the Junco is a rockstar. Use these video shorts from The Junco Project and a pair of binoculars to get outside and make some Junco friends!
A free app that can be downloaded onto any Apple device (try iBird Lite for Android). Use WildLab Bird to learn the basics of bird identification. This application uses audio, photographs, maps, and the process of elimination to help identify over 200 bird species. Sightings can also be entered into a national bird watching database for comparison.
Biointeractive’s Holiday Lectures on Science
Biointeractive’s Holiday Lectures on Science series brings current research into the classroom, bridging the gap between textbook science and real life science. The Biodiversity in the Age of Humans series asks powerful questions, such as: Are we witnessing a sixth mass extinction? What factors threaten ecosystems on land and in the sea? What are researchers doing to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems around the world? What tools do we have to avoid a global catastrophe? In six half-hour lectures, three leading scientists describe the state of biodiversity on our planet and how to face the great challenges that lie ahead.
National Geographic: Great Nature Project
Where will you be May 15-25, 2015? Take part in a global snapshot of biodiversity with National Geographic’s Great Nature Project. With just four simple steps (see it, snap it, share it, and identify it), you can become a citizen scientist by sharing the biodiversity you see and experience from your unique point of view. Over time, this annual event will provide data that can be used to answer scientific questions or provide useful information to decision makers. Try using the mobile iNaturalist app, which is versioned for Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Swedish. Get outside and share photos of your encounters with plants, animals, and fungi!
Bears of the World: Interactive Range Map
Bear Trust International’s interactive world map shows students and educators in grades 9-12 where eight different species of wild bears live. The map includes photos and facts on American and Asiatic black bears, brown bears, giant pandas, polar bears, sloth bears, and sun bears.