How do we decide which areas to protect?

Lesson Overview

The aim of this lesson is for students to develop their understanding of how to complete a transect and to investigate the impact of abiotic factors on distribution and abundance of biodiversity on reefs. The context of the lesson is the work of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey which aims to compile a global reef record using 360 imagery.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe what a transect is.
  • Describe how to complete a transect.
  • Explain reasons for completing a transect.
Lesson steps
  1. The story so far (10 mins)
    Students set themselves targets based on the learning criteria of the lesson. Students estimate the percentage of a square filled with a blue shape, to introduce the idea of quadrats.
  2. Conduct a transect (30 mins)
    Using Investigation Information, students learn how to conduct a transect. Students are to follow the instructions to conduct their own ‘transect’, analyse the findings and concluding whether they prove the hypothesis.
  3. GCSE Style Exam Question (15 mins)
    Students demonstrate their learning, by answering an GCSE style exam question. Following this student’s will use the mark scheme to peer assess each other’s answers.
  4. Self-reflection (5 mins)
    Students decide if they have met their targets set at the beginning of the lesson and reflect on the lesson’s importance to the context of the unit of work by answering the questions.
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