Educational Resources

Journey to El Yunque: Ecosystem stress and species response

Cute, orange frog sits on green leaves.  Eleutherodactylus portoricensis in El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico. Photo Credit: Wilfredo Falcón on Flickr, License CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Cute, orange frog sits on green leaves. Eleutherodactylus portoricensis in El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico. Photo Credit: Wilfredo Falcón on Flickr, License CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Visit the El Yunque rain forest in Puerto Rico through this interactive module to discover how hurricanes affect the producers, consumers, and the flow of resources in the forest. See how ecosystems respond in many ways to large-scale environmental events.

Grades 6 - 8
Biology/Ecology
Website • Assessment


Educational Objectives

  • Describe and explain how hurricanes effect the Critical Zone and the production of Critical Zone services.
  • Predict how changes in hurricane frequency or intensity impact the Critical Zone and the life within it.

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Audience
K-12


NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Systems and System Models | Energy and Matter - Flows, Cycles, and Conservation | Stability and Change

NGSS Science & Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data | Developing and Using Models | Engaging in Argument from Evidence | Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS2 - Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics


Observatory: Luquillo CZO

Author(s): Steven McGee (The Learning Partnership) & Jess Zimmerman (LUQ-LTER)


Funding: NSF EHR and US Dept of Ed