Site at a Glance |
Lesson Plans |
Field Report |
Track the Fossa |
Related Resources |
Welcome to the Classroom Resources section for the NOVA/PBS Online Adventure,
The Wilds of Madagascar. This live adventure follows a team of scientists as
they track the island's most elusive creatures.
In the first half of the three-week journey, we'll enter the otherworldly
landscape of the Ankarana reserve, where we'll join ecologist Luke Dollar in
trapping and radio-collaring the fossa [pronounced "FOO-sa"], a cat-like
carnivore. The goal is both increased scientific knowledge and improved conservation prospects
for these predators perched at the top of the food chain. We'll also search for crocs in caverns, rivers, and
In the second half of the expedition, we'll go from the dry, tropical Ankarana
to the dense rainforest of Marojejy, where we'll meet up with primatologist
Patricia Wright. She'll attempt to capture, measure, weigh, blood-sample, and
release the silky sifaka, a ghostly, all-white lemur that is perilously close
We invite you and your students to follow along with us on this adventure,
which begins Thursday, May 18, 2000, and runs for about three weeks. During
that time, here's what you can expect:
We hope you and your students will join us as we explore this 1,000-mile-long
island off southeast Africa that is home to thousands of plants and animals
found nowhere else on Earth.
- continual availability of the companion Web site that includes
photos, QuickTime VRs, audio clips, articles, and activities about the
adventure. Use this Web site to send e-mail to expedition members.
- constant updates from the field through Dispatches, regular
reports chronicling the team's most recent activities.
- a way to receive continued updates on the team's progress. By signing up
for our special teacher's listserve, you can receive the latest
information on the team's movement without visiting the Web site.
- these Classroom Resources. This section will provide you with:
For Your Students:
- Site at a Glance—summary information that details the Web site's
features, their type (interview, article, activity), and their grade-level
- Lesson Plans—four printable lesson plans investigate topics of
geography, animal adaptation, ecosystem study, and population dynamics.
- Related Resources—books, articles, and Web sites for further
exploration about Madagascar.
- Field Report—a section that allows students to use photographs, audio
clips, and text to create their own summary of the adventure's events.
- Track the Fossa (Hot Science)—an activity that explores how radio
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