Biodiversity Teacher Resources
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Introduce ecology classes to biodiversity and interdependence in ecosystems with a PowerPoint presentation. Then, they get up-close and personal with the invertebrate world by collecting insects, classifying them, and graphing their data. Links to the slide show, instructions for insect sampling, and dichotomous keys for identification are all provided for your convenience.
6th - 12th Science 25 Views 12 Downloads
Taking Count of Biodiversity
Here is a well-designed lesson on biodiversity that should intrigue your charges. In it, pupils compare a natural desert area to a school field to see how habitat destruction affects species diversity. Groups set up transects and collect samples of life forms which enable them to accurately compare the two habitats.
4th - 6th Science 11 Views 45 Downloads
Biodiversity in a Wetland Ecosystem
Online activities make learning about wetland biodiversity interactive! First, ecologists navigate through National Geographic's 56-page "GeoStory" about US wetland ecosystems. They use the FieldScope tool to investigate the Barataria Preserve in Louisiana and predict where assigned species might make their homes.
5th - 12th Science 32 Views 42 Downloads
Students examine the amount of biodiversity in the state of Illinois. They practice using new vocabulary and listening to stories about animals. After given time to reflect, they write their own haiku. They work together to create a symbol that relates to Illinois biodiversity.
7th - 8th Science 3 Views 6 Downloads
New Review Which Plant Is Which?
Learn about dichotomous keys, plant identification, and how to care for the planet with a activity that includes several hands-on and innovative activities. Kids go on a plant scavenger hunt and classify the plants that they find before researching one specific plant, and designing a Most Wanted poster for it.
5th Science 12 Views 8 Downloads
Young scholars define and discuss biodiversity as most serious environmental threat facing Earth, estimate number of species of plants and animals in world, consider why might it be important to protect a species even though it may have no direct value to humans, and identify six reasons why biodiversity should be preserved.
7th - 8th Science 10 Views 43 Downloads
Per Square Meter
What a great way to explore biodiversity on the school playground! Young scientists examine a small natural area outside, roughly a square meter, and record and gather the specimens they find. Multiple activities guide learners through relationships present in eco-systems, diversity among living organisms, and human effect on the natural environment.
2nd - 5th Math 9 Views 13 Downloads
Coral Reefs: Ecosystems Full of Life
Coral reefs contain some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Introduce reef residents to youngsters with a three-minute video. While the content is educational, it is not particularly engaging or clear. You may choose to skip the video, but still have your class play the coral reef card matching game that comes with the instructional activity.
3rd - 6th Science 39 Views 69 Downloads
Fifth graders decide how one uses resources within a particular bioregion. In this decision making lesson, 5th graders consider the biodiversity and complexity of the ecosystem. Students select a resource (water, paper, electricity) and do an environmental assessment of their school community.
5th Science 3 Views 11 Downloads
Biodiversity in an Estuary
Students investigate the biodiversity in estuaries. In this estuary lesson plan, students use Google Earth to explore the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. They produce a biodiversity concept map and portray the life of a plant and an animal in an estuary by producing a poster.
9th - 12th Science 19 Views 60 Downloads
Species and Specimens: Exploring Local Biodiversity
Students practice skills essential to all scientific investigation: carefully observing and collecting data. They become field biologists in a series of hands-on activities to collect and identify specimens, and survey and calculate the diversity of plant species in their local environment.
6th - 12th Science 8 Views 36 Downloads
Students are introduced to biodiversiy. They use a simulation of two forests, one planted with only Douglas Fir trees, and one with diverse species of trees. Students also use the simulation of two forests, one a monoculture of only one kind of tree and the other a diverse forest, and how a disease affects the two forests differently.
9th - 11th Science 3 Views 27 Downloads
Begin by comparing land biodiversity to ocean biodiversity, consider the balance between speciation and extinction, and then focus on the coral reef habitat. This PowerPoint presentation is more of a lesson on coral reefs than it is on ocean biodiversity.
9th - Higher Ed Science 5 Views 17 Downloads
Jaguars feed on 87 different species, making it a keystone species. What happens when such a critical link of the food chain goes missing? Mr. Andersen identifies different keystone species according to ecosystem, and he explains the effect they have on their environment.
8 mins 9th - 12th Science 6 Views 4 Downloads
Biodiversity of Ponds
Students study the biodiversity in pond water. In this biodiversity lesson plan, students observe 3 samples of pond water using a pond water identification sheet. They record their findings and identify the organisms they find, the number of each type of organism and any other information about the organisms.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 35 Downloads
Using Visual Arts
What is biodiversity, and why is it so important? Explore biodiversity with your young environmentalists by researching an ecosystem and illustrating its diversity through a piece of artwork. An instructional sequence and possible extension ideas are included.
3rd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 9 Views 49 Downloads