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Regional Focus

Polar Regions

Adélie Penguins

Author: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Biology
Resource Type:
  • Video, 2 minutes, 17 seconds, CC
Synopsis
  • This video shows how climate change is affecting the Adélie penguin population in Antarctica.
  • Students will learn that krill, which the Adélie penguins rely on for food, have lost a large portion of their habitat due to a lack of sea ice.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • A full transcript is provided below the video.
  • Students will enjoy watching the footage of the penguins.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of global warming and climate change. 

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
The Antarctic is one of the fastest warming regions on the planet. As a result, some penguin species are not adapting to the warming conditions as well as others. This video resource explains how Adèlie Penguins are at risk.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • HS-LS4-4 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
      • HS-LS4-5 Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
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