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Climate Patterns and Species Distribution Kit (with perishable)

Item # 187202P Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.
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Product Highlights

  • Experimentally observe and evaluate the influence of climate patterns on the distribution of species.
  • High school laboratory investigation with enough materials for 10 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D™—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.
  • Kit includes perishable materials for immediate use.



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In this investigation, students experimentally observe and evaluate the influence of climate patterns on the distribution of species. To model this phenomenon, students expose cultures of mixed protists to different temperatures for a period of 3 days. They make daily temperature recordings and assess the taxonomic diversity of samples. Students graphically present their findings and analyze the results through summative assessment questions.

Time Requirement
Teacher prep, 20 minutes. Pre-lab, 15 minutes. Investigation and assessment, approximately 4 class periods.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectation(s)

Crosscutting Concepts
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

Science and Engineering Practices
Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

Learning Objectives

  • Classify protists based on their morphology.
  • Collect temperature and taxonomic data and describe any trends observed.
  • Evaluate the effect of changing temperature on the survival of various protists.
  • Discuss how a small change in climate can affect numerous species in an ecosystem.
  • Estimate population size and observe and graph population trends.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should have basic knowledge of the difference between weather and climate. They should know how to use a microscope and have basic familiarity with the morphology and diverse ecological roles of protists.

  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.
  • This item contains living or perishable material and ships via 2nd Day or Overnight delivery to arrive on a date you specify during Checkout. To ensure freshness during shipping, a Living Materials Fee may apply to orders containing these items.

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Components Qty Included?
Mixed Protozoan Cultures   4 Included
Wheat Seed, 1 tbs 1 Included
Small Cups with Lids 25 Included
Insulated Foam Cups 25 Included
Microscope Slides 36 Included
Pipets 40 Included
Gridded Transparency Sheets 2 Included
Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Hole Punches 10 Needed, Not included
Permanent Markers 10 Needed, Not included
Graduated Cylinders 10 Needed, Not included
Compound Microscopes 10 Needed, Not included
Thermometers 10 Needed, Not included
Cooler (25 cm x 25 cm x 15 cm or larger) 1 Needed, Not included
Lamp (with 60 W incandescent light bulb) 1 Needed, Not included
Springwater Needed, Not included
Tape Needed, Not included
Paper Towels Needed, Not included
Scissors Needed, Not Included
Ice Needed, Not included
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