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Students investigate biodiversity by creating reports with their classmates. In this ecosystem lesson, students utilize the Internet to research the different types of life in our environment and different locations around the world. Students create a written and oral report describing the importance of biodiversity to the human species.
Fifth graders compare biodiversity in their neighborhood and in the rainforest. In this biodiversity lesson, 5th graders read stories and gather information about the diversity of life found in their area and in the rainforest. As a culminating activity, students write a story including how organisms depend on each other for survival.
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. With this purpose in mind, you will find it to be comprehensive and informative for your marine biology buffs.
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 lesson. A beautifully colored illustration is also included, along with an identification key. Include this lesson in your biodiversity, marine biology, or ecosystems unit.
Fifth graders decide how one uses resources within a particular bioregion. In this decision making lesson plan, 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. Students observe and record how resources are used then devise a plan to conserve the selected resource.
Students are able to recognize that scientists use different definitions of species. They are able to assess the strengths and limitations of species definitions depending on their context. Students are able to use definitions of species to enhance their understanding of speciation. They are able to understand the concept of taxonomy and biodiversity inventories.
In this language skills worksheet, learners read an article about World Biodiversity Day. Students respond to 6 matching questions, 29 fill in the blank questions, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble questions, 30 short answer questions, 1 graphic organizer question, and 1 essay question regarding the content of the article. Learners may check their answers through the weblink at the top of the page.
Students examine several maps of California exhibiting features such as precipitation, topography, and vegetation. They look for patterns that might be the source of or influence biodiversity in different regions. They pay particular attention to the endemic species of California.
Students 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.
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. Through observing, recording, and collecting, the lesson is ideal for studying eco-systems and the relationships that allow it to function. A PowerPoint and observation sheet are included.
Students explain why rain forests have great biodiversity, and list each layer of a rain forest and tell an organism that lives in each. They identify the cause of acid rain and its affect on a rain forest. Students hypothesize the effects of water and sulfuric acid on a leaf and identify the steps of the scientific method.