11-14 Geography Physical Geography and Processes

Galapagos Climate

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources Introduce students to the climate of Galapagos and how it is influenced by ocean currents. Analyse climate graphs to further explore the seasons. Learning objectives To understand how ocean currents affect seasons and climate To understand the effect of changes in the currents Students’ outcomes To appreciate the difference […]

11-14 Geography Physical Geography and Processes

Plate Tectonics

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources Introduce students to the theory of plate tectonics, the concept that offers an explanation for the movement of continents across hundreds of millions of years and a method for predicting areas at risk of volcanoes and earthquakes. Learning objectives To understand that the earth’s crust is not stable and […]

11-14 Geography Physical Geography and Processes

Oceanography

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources Introduce students to the idea that ocean currents bring nutrient rich water to the Galapagos Islands and help to sustain the islands’ rich biodiversity. Learning objectives To understand that the world’s ocean are dynamic systems To understand that there are surface and deep flows of warm and cold water […]

7-11 Geography Physical Geography and Processes

Hydrothermal Vents

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources Introduce students to the idea of life living in extreme conditions on the sea floor. Learning objectives To understand there are hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the sea To understand that ecosystems have developed in these extreme conditions Students’ outcomes To explain the extremely hostile environment of hydrothermal […]

7-11 Geography Physical Geography and Processes

Hot Spots and Volcanoes

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources Introduce students to the hotspots and volcanoes that formed the iconic Galapagos Archipelago. Learning objectives Describe and understand key aspects of volcanoes. To understand that volcanic activity can occur at hot spots in the earth’s crust. Students’ outcomes To describe key aspects of volcanoes. To understand that the crust […]

7-11 Galapagos Focus Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Evolution of the Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources Investigate how these Galapagos giants have evolved to become separate species. How do some people know which island a tortoise is from just by looking at it? Learning objectives Science: to identify how animals are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to […]

7-11 Historical Connections History

Draw Like Darwin

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources This activity encourages students to use their observational and creative skills to draw and label parts of plants and flowers, making use of the school grounds or other open areas. Learning objectives Recognise parts of the plant. Observe and sketch from close observation parts of the plant, and improve […]

14-18 Galapagos Focus GSCE Resources

Biological Sampling

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources Marine iguanas are threatened with extinction but are populations of marine iguana at critically low levels? How biological sampling can help protect vulnerable species. Learning objectives To understand more about the marine iguana and it’s ancestors. To learn how to sample a population in the field and use the […]

14-18 Galapagos Focus GSCE Resources

Genetics, Taxonomy, and the Marine Iguana

Introduction – Downloads – Supporting Resources Marine iguanas are threatened with extinction. How can revealing a revised taxonomy help to focus conservation efforts of these endemic island reptiles? Learning objectives To revise taxonomy and learn how it has changed over time.  To understand more about the marine iguana and it’s ancestors. To use and analyse […]