Grauer's Gorilla


Each of the activities below is intended to align with The Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were designed to help students develop skills that are crucial for being college and career ready. Based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education developed by the National Academy of Sciences, the NGSS help teachers facilitate three dimensional experiences for students that allow them to engage in the science practices, while learning content and developing a deeper understanding of cross-cutting concepts across all the domains of science. It is important to note that the standards are not a set of curriculum. Rather, the performance expectations for each standard are intended to shed light on the things that students should be able to do as a result of a learning experience aligned to the standard.

The learning experiences outlined below are intended to support the performance expectation in standard MS-LS2-4 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: “Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.” The three dimensional learning experiences which align closest to this standard are numbers 3 and 4. However, the first two learning experiences can be used to engage students in the topic of ecosystem dynamics that they are about to explore.

Find the standard MS-LS2-4 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics here
Find information on 3-D learning here
Find more information on the NGSS here



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Using an Interactive Reading Guide to Explore How War Affects Gorillas

Researcher Andrew Kirkby explains the Grauer’s gorilla study and what led to the decline in their population. Use our interactive reading guide to dig deeper on the research being done by Andrew and his team.

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Conducting a Field Study in Your Backyard, Part 1

How is a field study conducted? Learn from one of our senior scientists and then get outside and conduct a survey in your own backyard.

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Conducting a Field Study in Your Backyard, Part 2

Once data has been collected it needs to be interpreted, let your students try their hand at data analysis.

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Take a Field Trip to a Local Zoo!

Learn from one of our wild animal keepers about some of the ways zoos can support conservation. Then use the activity to explore gorilla natural history at your local zoo.

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