How Big is Your Landscape?

 Author: Kaesha Neil

AreaLife Sciences 

 Grade Level: 7-12



Many instructors teach conservation-related topics in their classes. This lesson teaches a concept essential for understanding successful conservation and survival of organisms: landscapes and scale. First, students are introduced to landscapes and scale via an activity that looks at their own landscape. Then, students are introduced to some basic terms and definitions. Finally, students engage in an activity in which they apply their new knowledge to specific organisms by drawing a landscape from the perspective of that organism and discussing as a class how that organism may be affected by various kinds of disturbances (human-mediated disturbances are emphasized). Presented organisms come from the following types of ecosystems: desert, wetlands, and forest.

Goals: To understand how an organism perceives its landscape and how changes to its landscape can affect its survival. 


 Keywords: environment, human effects, natural resources, conservation, urbanization


 Lesson Plan (pdf / doc)
 Lesson Presentation  (pdf / doc)
 Landscape Card  (pdf / doc)
 Student Handout  (pdf / doc)