The Fit Survivor, and the almost Extinct [20 points] Now that you have done the Chapter reading provided in the Unit 1 Module, and you understand the concepts of Biodiversity, Population Ecology, How ecosystems function and Conservation Biology, it is time to conduct research on Endangered and Threatened species, which are on the path to becoming extinct if some positive action is not taken. So, who cares if some species die out? We have addressed this question in our earlier discussions. In this research, you will find out the reason why the species that you have been assigned, are important in their ecosystem and to the biosphere. In this project, you will apply the concepts that you have learned and employ key words from your Chapter reading. You may do this project as an individual or as a team of no more than 4 people. STEP 1. SELECT FOUR organisms a Mammal [or an Amphibian], a Reptile, a Bird [or a Fish], and a Flowering plant. These come from Lists A, B, C & D [click here for lists Download [click here for lists]. STEP 2. Data gathering: Now that you have identified your four species, conduct a Google search for BOTH pictures and information on the four species. As you find good material, copy and paste it or download it into a file on your desktop, and make sure you have the URL for the source of BOTH the pics and the written information. Wiki can sometimes have really nice pics but I wouldn’t trust the information. Select sources that have a [.edu], [.org] or is an Environmental Science or Ecology website. If you happen to find YouTube videos about your organism, save the link and the embed code, and make sure that it works. If there are any organisms that you are having difficulty finding information for, go back to the list and select another from that same group. STEP 3. Visit the Valencia Library website (Links to an external site.) to learn how to cite sources in APA format. For this project, you will be using abbreviated, in-text citations as well as providing “Citations” in the form of a Bibliography, as the last page of your project. STEP 4. After your research, decide on the four Organisms from: [A] Animal OR Amphibian, [B] Reptile, [C]Plant, and [D] that you wish to present in your project. I would choose the ones that I can find the most information on and the best pics of. Some species can be difficult to find pics of. Now that you have selected the best FOUR from List A, B C & D, you can begin to build your project. Your project will consist of FOUR Organisms only, one from each of Lists A, B, C & D. [If you end up working alone because Team members are not responding to you, then do the project alone, do not wait.] STEP 5. Building your Power-Point Project: Now that you know what your selected four Organisms are [1 from from each list [A, B C & D], you have a good idea of how to cite your sources and you have gathered some information, you are ready to put all the pieces together. [key words are shown in bold italics] Create a Microsoft Power Point project [not Open Office! NOT a Google doc.!], that: Shows & tells the Biology of FOUR different organisms. Each organism MUST be a threatened or endangered species, from the list provided. Every slide should have a pic or graphic of some sort pertaining to the written information. Use no less than 15 slides and no more than 25 slides TOTAL. [Font size: 14-20. No tiny fonts please!] Written information must not be “cut & paste” and if you do paraphrase, your source must be cited. Written information included in the PPTX Project MUST be IN POINT FORM. No full sentences or paragraphs are required. SLIDE 1 – Give your project a catchy Title, add the name/names of the students submitting the project for a grade, show pictures of the four organisms – and state their Biological Classification [just Google the scientific name or Common name and type Biological classification next to it, then hit enter]. So already, this first slide is loaded with information! SLIDE 2 – SLIDE X: Begin the presentation for the first Organism only. Include information as follows: 8a. Show a map of ‘where in the world’ your organism is found. [Sub-header -Where found] 8b. Show pictures of & describe/explain the ecosystem in which it lives. [Sub-header -Ecosystem] 8c. Describe the organism’s habitat [its immediate environment], it’s nutrition [how it gets nutrients/food], how it reproduces [frequency of reproduction, # of offspring, time of year, special conditions needed], how it interacts with its environment [how it interacts with biotic & abiotic factors]. Include pics, gifs, or other graphics on each slide. Links to vids or embedded vids are also fine. [USE 4 Sub-headers: Habitat; Nutrition; Reproduction; Interaction with Biotic & Abiotic Factors] 8d. Describe the organism’s niche – The niche is the role that the organism plays in the ecosystem and it is based on how the organism interacts with its environment [8c.] and involves the ecosystem value that the organism provides. What is the importance of the organism being in this ecosystem? What role does it play? What usefulness does it have? [you may not simply “find” this on some website – you will also have to think deeply about it]. [Sub-header - Niche] 8e. What factors have contributed to the organism’s demise? Why is it endangered or threatened? Are any conservation steps being taken? By whom? [Sub-header- Factors contributing to Success/Demise] After you have completed the Biology of your first organism, repeat the process [same layout and questions, [8a. to 8d.] for the remaining three organisms. You might use more slides for one organism than for another.. that is OK. You can put more than one sub-header on one slide if it fits well. The LAST SLIDE: - BIBLIOGRAPHY: Provide a list of references [citations]from which you gathered your information & cite sources for your pictures. List sources for Organism 1 first, then for Organism 2, 3 & 4. [APA FORMAT] Use smaller 10 -12 font size here, and a suggestion is to put the citations in Table format. Please use the sub-headers that I asked for. Do not just mish-mash all of the information into large paragraphs. You must read your research information carefully and extract what you need, to fit into the sub-header categories. Sometimes, the information you find, has everything jumbled into a few paragraphs and you have to extract the specific information that you need. How to submit: If working with a Team, Only ONE Team member should submit the entire project. However, if the project is too large to submit as a whole, then Two different Team members may submit it as Part 1 [Organisms A & B]and Part 2 [Organisms C & D]. Each Part MUST have the same first slide and the Title MUST contain the PART #. All other team members should submit the first slide only. [To do this, copy paste the first slide only into a new power point project and upload it as your submission. This will allow you to have a submission entry, so you can read and reply to other classmates' projects] Important note: How Can Students Avoid Plagiarism? "To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use another person’s idea, opinion, or theory; any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge; quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words". These guidelines are taken from the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. Paraphrasing by changing a few words IS STILL ‘plagiarism’. The original idea or statement still belongs to the person who originally said it. They should get credit for their idea by being cited, when they are 'paraphrased' in someone else's work. Even if you wrote the entire essay in your own words, off the top of your head, the source of certain facts will need to be cited. Every sentence, that you 'copy directly', must appear in parentheses, and must be cited. Every sentence, that you paraphrase, must be cited. HOWEVER, you MAY NOT submit a project that consists mostly/only of paraphrased sentences. Prof. M. This project teaches you how to: - conduct online scientific research, - cite sources - write concisely - create a power-point project with slides loaded with information, without being verbose - create a learning tool that your classmates will enjoy reading and commenting on.