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Module 2: Lesson 2

Students will estimate the price tag for the ecosystem services of different components of Biscayne Bay through an "Auction for the Bay." They will then create a choropleth or other type of map of the bay; outline the economic value of specific habitats; and develop ways to teach their classmates about different parts of Biscayne Bay.

Lesson Plan

Essential Questions:

  • How do humans depend on the physical environment and natural resources provided by Biscayne Bay to satisfy basic and economic needs?
  • How can changes in the physical environment of Biscayne Bay increase or diminish its capacity to support human activity and impact the diversity and productivity of ecosystems?

Objectives: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate human dependence on the physical environment and natural resources to satisfy basic needs in and near Biscayne Bay
  • Use a choropleth or other map to geographically represent current information about the economic value of different habitats in Biscayne Bay, as well as areas with conservation or ecology issues in the local community
  • Analyze case studies of how changes in the physical environment of Biscayne Bay increase or diminish its capacity to support human activity, and how they impact the diversity and productivity of ecosystems

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