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Comparing Plant and Animal Cells

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You will gather information about ecosystems and design a habitat for a population of endangered giant pandas.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain that a population is all the members of a species living in a given area.
  • Explain that an ecosystem is composed of all the interactions of organisms and the non-living environment in an area.
  • Describe factors to consider in creating habitats for endangered species.

Everything You'll Have Covered

Ecology is the study of the relationships between living things and their surroundings. Scientists study ecology to better understand how organisms relate to each other and their surroundings and what patterns may be healthy or harmful to life.

An endangered species is a specific group of living things that are dwindling in numbers at an alarming rate and may face extinction. Extinction is the complete and irreversible disappearance of all living members of a species or group of organisms from the Earth.

The environment includes the air, water and land in which people, animals and plants live.

A habitat is the place where an animal or plant population lives. Designing a habitat for endangered species would require a lot of thought about the ecosystem features required to maintain an endangered population. This would include attention to area and climate, flora, fauna, monitoring systems, and fencing, if needed.

Fauna is a scientific term for animals.

Flora is a scientific term for plants.

Monitoring systems help keep track of the movements and life-styles of organisms and can include satellites, radio band collars, traps, and video cameras.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 20 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be familiar with these terms: endangered species, environment, fauna, flora, habitat, monitoring, and organism.
Course Life Science
Type of Tutorial Concept Development
Key Vocabulary biomes, ecosystem, endangered species