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Topics Explored: Endangered Species, Human Impact on Biodiversity, HIPPO, and Science vs. Pseudoscience

This case study is intended to be an April Fools' Day fun activity about sasquatches; however, it is still a resource that will allow students to explore the above mentioned topics. Have fun with it, and please let us know how your students like it! We are giving this case study away for free to those of you who fill out our survey, labeled "2022 SURVEY" on the header menu of our website. Once you fill it out and hit submit, the Sasquatch download code will be revealed. Answer key included.

Case Study: Sasquatch (Teacher & Student Edition)

  • ZIP file containing 2 PDF files 
    (1 Teacher Edition and 1 Student Edition)

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
    HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

    AP® Environmental Science Learning Objectives:
    9.9 Explain how species become endangered and strategies to combat the problem.
    9.10 Explain how human activities affect biodiversity and strategies to combat the problem.

    AP® Environmental Science Practices:
    1: Explain environmental concepts, processes, and models presented in written format. 
    2: Analyze visual representations of environmental concepts and processes. 
    3: Analyze sources of information about environmental issues. 
    4: Analyze research studies that test environmental principles. 
    5: Analyze and interpret quantitative data represented in tables, charts, and graphs.
    6: Apply quantitative methods to address environmental concepts.
    7: Propose and justify solutions to environmental problems.

    IB Environmental Systems Learning Objectives:
    2.1.7 Describe and explain population interactions using examples of named species.
    4.2.4 Describe and explain the factors that may make species more or less prone to extinction.
    4.2.7 Describe the case histories of a natural area of biological significance that is threatened by human activities.
    4.3.5 Discuss and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the species-based approach to conservation.

    AP® is a registered trademark registered by the College Board®. IB® is a trademark registered by the International Baccalaureate Organization®. This work/product/service has been developed independently from and is not endorsed by the College Board® or the International Baccalaureate Organization®. 

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