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Author

Restor

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

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Synopsis
  • This interactive mapping tool allows users to examine the restoration potential of a specific area by drawing a polygon on the map in order to view data about the carbon, water, biodiversity, environment, socioeconomic situation, scientific monitoring, ecosystems, and tree cover for the area inside the polygon. 
  • Students can click on the yellow markers on the map to view restoration sites around the world. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This fun resource can be used in a variety of engaging ways.
  • Some of the restoration sites have a "satellite time series" that shows the restoration progress via satellite images.
  • Students can view the world map using a wide variety of data layers.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students can take a tour by clicking the question mark icon located at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Differentiation

  • Biology classes could use this resource to look at the biodiversity in different regions.
  • Science classes could use the bar on the left side of the page, searching by "intervention type" to learn more about restoration projects around the world.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video on the loss of biodiversity, this video from the Nature Conservancy that shows how nature can solve climate change, and this Khan Academy video on conservation.
Scientist Notes
The map provides real-time data on human modification of land from satellites. It is useful for acquiring on-the-spot information on land use, land cover change, and classification. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
    • LS2: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Within Ecosystems
      • 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.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog1.b.m Interpret patterns in a variety of maps, charts, and graphs to display geographic information (contour, cartogram, population, natural resource, historical maps) and explain relationships among them.
      • SS.Geog1.a.h Use printed and digital maps to ask and answer geographic questions (e.g., Where are there patterns? Why there? So what?) and evaluate the appropriateness of geographic data and representations to understand real-world problems. Explain how current geospatial technologies (e.g., Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), satellite images, remote sensing) are used for personal, business, and government purposes.
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