For the past few nights I have been staying up late to watch Planet Earth via Discovery HD on demand and last night I watched the first episode, Pole to Pole, again for the fourth time. There were so many connections to content in Science Connection that I had to share a favorite.
When you watch Pole to Pole, you really see how dependent other animals are on each other. You also see how they physically change the landscape in which they live. In Science Connection, there is a great interactive exploration called "The BIG Role of Hippopotami." The exploration (which can be done by students individually, in groups, or as a whole class) shows how the Nile Hippopotamus is a "keystone species" with very critical links in its habitat.
So, here’s a challenge for you and your students…
Log in to DESC (click here if you need a passcode) and try out the exploration (The BIG Role of Hippopotami). When you successfully complete the exploration, you will be posed with a question.
Post a comment to this blog entry that answers that question. I will send the DVD of Pole to Pole to the first three DEs who post a really good comment. "Really good" will be determined using my internal rubric 🙂