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A Lemur Field Guide
Using any one of the entries in the Field
Guide section of the
curriculum as a model, have students pick three species of lemur
and make a field guide of their own.
They can use the web and/or written sources for basic information,
and in addition to the basic description and characteristics
of each species, they can include a map with the species range
and/or pictures or drawings of each animal.
At the end of the project students can take their individual
field guide entries and compile a class field guide to Lemurs.
It’s Not Tax, It’s
Using the information on taxonomy provided in the introduction,
pick a species of lemur and trace its place, from Kingdom to
Species, in the hierarchy taxonomic structure of the natural
world. After illustrating the process for a lemur species, follow
the same method for another species. Pick a fairly common animal.
For example the domestic dog is from a species point of view,
a wolf, Canis Lupus but belonging to a sub species (Domesticus).
Therefore their dog at home belongs to the:
Canid… Family (includes foxes, wolves and coyotes)
Canid…Genus (wolves and coyotes)
Lupus (wolf) … Species
Once you feel your students have a grasp on the basic concept,
have them pick three different species, preferably not all mammals,
and have them research and document their taxonomy in this fairly
A Lemur’s World
Modern Lemurs may be confined to a single large island and
a small group of surrounding islands (Madagascar and the Comoro
Islands) but this part of the world contains a broad range of
habitats, from tropical rainforests and wetlands, to dry forests
and savannas. Different habitats support different species of
lemurs, which have evolved to live efficiently within the limits
of their ecosystem. Have students research the geography of Madagascar
and create and illustrate a map showing the various habitats
and ecosystems present on the island. Then have them research
three different species of lemurs and mark, with illustrations
or flag markers, their range on the map. When presenting the
map students should be able to describe some adaptations of the
lemurs to their environments.
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