University of Oregon

Islands – Sixth Grade

Photo Credit: Trish Mace

Photo Credit: Trish Mace

Islands! Model the different ways islands form, and explore the implications for island structure. Examine the physical properties of sand, and the biology and chemistry of coral reef formation. Learn about many of the organisms that take advantage of the isolation of islands for breeding, such as elephant seals and birds. Learn about dispersal and colonization of islands, and island biogeography. Investigate cell biology and DNA, adaptation and natural selection. Study some of the animals in the waters around islands, from plankton to sharks. Apply what you learn to issues of management unique to island environments.

MARE lessons (Teacher’s Guide to Islands)
Sands of Time                         Island Rock
Mirounga Mirounga                 Build an Island
Shark Encounter                      Santa Clara Island


Hot Spots & Volcanic Island Formation

Island Formation, Constructing a Coral Island*
*first publication occurred in Science Activities, Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 46(3)

Our Island

Coral Reef Trophic Energy

Ecosystem Engineers

Vertical Zonation: Studying Ecological Patterns in the Rocky Intertidal Zone **
**first publication occurred in Science Activities, Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 47:8-14

Beautiful Blubber Experiment

Mole Crab Experiment

Dogfish Shark Dissection, PPT

Seabirds & Islands Field Guide

Colonization: Island Biogeography Snowball Fight

Modeling Natural Selection: Butterflies

Cell Biology & Island Biogeography

Cells and DNA PPT

DNA and Populations PPT

Field Inquiry: Tidepool Islands

Unit Summary

Field Journal

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