Introduction to the Science Lessons
These lessons were designed to accompany the Wild Indonesia series. Indonesia is a widely diverse area of 17,000 islands where animals show characteristics of both their Asian and Australian ancestries. Natural selection has allowed these organisms to develop adaptations that helped ensure their survival for thousands of years. Unfortunately, as humans move into these areas, many will be unable to survive the new pressure.
The first of the science activities is designed to provide a model to show students one way that plants would be distributed over a wide area in a short period of time. In the second lesson, we use math and science to examine how one of the largest species on earth, the elephant, is able to move its huge mass on many different types of terrain with ease. Throughout the film series, children are able to see the wonderful adaptations many of the organisms have developed.
These lessons are open to interpretation and revision as they are modified for use in your classroom. Suggestions for improvement are always welcome. Please email your suggestions to PBS Online.
Robert FrostickAbout the Science Lesson Plans Author
Robert Frostick, is a science teacher at John Adams Junior High School in Charleston, West Virginia. During his last 19 years of teaching, Mr. Frostick has received a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship in 1993; the Technology & Learning Teacher of the Year, U.S. Northeast Region, 1997; Presidential Conservation Education Awards, 1982 & 1983: a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, state level, 1992; Geological Society of America Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching, 1993; and was the Jay Cee's Outstanding Young Educator in W.V. in 1994.
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