Using this website in the Science Classroom
 
As an eighth grade Life Science teacher, I have found a variety of ways this website can be utilized as a tool in the classroom.  The Galapagos Islands can be connected to units on evolution, classification, volcanoes, and geography.  

Evolution
Charles Darwin, adaptation, and natural selection are concepts that can be pulled directly from this site.  In discussing adaptation, the flightless cormorant and marine iguana are prime examples of this.  Darwin’s finches are prime examples of natural selection in that you can find many different species of these finches on the different islands of the Galapagos.

Classification
Scientific name, nomenclature, taxonomy, and species are the classification concepts addressed in this website.  These items are found on the individual pages for each of the endemic species.

Volcanoes
The Galapagos islands are the result of lava formation from volcanic activity.  The endemic species have all adapted to this terrain.  Examples of this are found throughout the site.

Geography
The Climate, open sea, rocky islets, and vegetation zones are all of the components to the islands of the Galapagos.  These components vary from island to island and affect the type of endemic species that inhabits each of the islands.

In addition to this website, there are many other resources that can be found with information on the islands of the Galapagos.  The main source I used in creating this website was the book Birds, Mammals & Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands, by Andy Swash and Rob Still.  This book is a comprehensive photographic guide to the Galapagos Islands with detailed information on the endemic species of the Galapagos Islands. 


Further Reading

Swash, Andy and Still, Rob 2000.  Birds, Mammals, & Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands, Compass Press Ltd., China. 


Bowman, R.I., Berson, M. and Leviton, A.E. (eds) 1983. Patterns of Evolution Galapagos Organisms. American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division, San Francisco, USA.

Jackson, M.H. 1993. Galapagos, a natural history. University of Calgary Press, Canada.

Weiner, J. 1994.  The Beak of the finch: A History of Evolution in Our Time. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

Galapagos Website Links

Galapagos Conservancy  www.galapagos.org
Charles Darwin Foundation www.darwinfoundation.org
Galapagos Geology On The Web www.geo.cornell.edu/geology/GalapagosWWW/GalapagosGeology.html

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