Learning to read scientific literature is an important and useful skill. These lessons were developed by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance for use in conjunction with Exploring Conservation Science field trips to the Beckman Center and the adjacent Safari Park. All of these lesson plans are related to research being done by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance scientists.
Teachers may use these lesson plans and supplied reading materials in coordination with lessons about the conservation issues presented. If the reading is to be done independently, or without a more comprehensive lesson on the scientific topic, students reading at grade level will find the post-lesson reading selections very challenging, and it is fine to skip them.
There are five lessons provided, with middle school and high school options for each: