Grade 9 Science Academic and Applied:

How primates are able or not able to deal with changes in their ecosystems. Go through two case studies, one on increased rainfall due to climate change in Kibale National Park in Uganda and how that is affecting food quality and how that may affect the monkeys living there.  Second case study looks at how the environment can affect fertility in baboons in Kenya.  Worksheet with questions for both case studies using data from studies that the students have to interpret.  Explain how everything in a ecosystemis connected and as the environment changes due to climate changes so will primates.

Curriculum points covered:

Biology Sustainable Ecosystem:   Ecosystems are dynamic and have the ability to respond to change, within limits, while maintaining their ecological balance. People have the responsibility to regulate their impact on the sustainability of ecosystems in order to preserve them for future generations. Investigate factors related to human activity (climate change) that affect terrestrial(rainforest) ecosystems, and explain how they affect the sustainability of these ecosystems.  Analyze the effect of human activity on the populations of terrestrial ecosystems by interpreting data. Describe the limiting factors of ecosystems (nutrientsand food ), and explain how these factors affect the carrying capacity of an ecosystem.

Key concepts/words:

Diversity, ecosystem, equilibrium, sustainability