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ERIC Number: EJ1100469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8121
"Capture" Me if You Can: Estimating Abundance of Dolphin Populations
Thompson, Jessica; Curran, Mary Carla; Cox, Tara
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v53 n2 p49-67 2016
Animal populations are monitored over time to assess the effects of environmental disaster and disease, as well as the efficacy of laws designed to protect them. Determining the abundance of a species within a defined area is one method of monitoring a population. In "Capture" Me if You Can, middle school students will use data collected by biologists at Savannah State University to determine abundance estimates of the common bottlenose dolphin "Tursiops truncatus." The activity has two parts that provide a platform for students to explore Ocean Literacy Principles, Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core Mathematics Standards. In Part 1: Are Populations Protected or in Peril?, students will be introduced to threats to common bottlenose dolphins and will learn about a federal law protecting marine mammals from the impacts of humans by reading a scientific article. Students will improve their scientific literacy by expanding their vocabulary while interpreting the article and constructing responses. In Part 2: Not All Data Are Created Equal, students will learn the process of analyzing qualitative (photographic) data and will come to understand that data are not always numbers. Students will also develop visual-spatial skills and use quantitative data to calculate dolphin abundance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF); Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Grant or Contract Numbers: DGE0841372; P382G090003