Biodiversity Teacher Resources
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How Diverse is That?
After reviewing biodiversity, learners work in small groups to analyze actual species distribution data. They learn to calculate the Shannon-Weaver diversity index for different communities. Though not particularly engaging, the content is ideal for your biology or environmental science classes when studying biodiversity.
7th - 12th Science 14 Views 39 Downloads
Biodiversity in Your Backyard!
Take your enthusiastic ecologists outdoors to explore the biodiversity right in their own schoolyard! In preparing for this activity, it may be worthwhile to research websites with local flora to help in the plant identification portion.
3rd - 12th Science 8 Views 13 Downloads
Understanding Biodiversity Via Ecological Footprints
Sixth graders investigate the ways in which human beings impact the environment and ecology through the calculation of their own ecological footprint, discussion questions pertaining to biodiversity and potential imbalance hazards, and group discussions.
6th Science 4 Views 3 Downloads
School Yard Biodiversity
Learners conduct a biodiversity survey of their own school yard after discussing the concept of biodiversity and interpreting graphs showing the number of species in different groups of living things. In small groups, they count the individual living things in a small plot then combine the data into a class total.
5th - 7th Science 11 Views 32 Downloads
Biodiversity - Who Cares?
Students articulate some of the impacts of loss of biodiversity. They play a game that demonstrates why having a rich variety of life is important to the survival of ecosystems and how invasive species are threatening local biodiversity.
6th - 12th Science 30 Views 202 Downloads
Students count the number of species they can find in a five minute block of time in both an urban lawn and natural, remnant forest area. They are introduced to the concept of low and high biodiversity areas and engage in a discussion about biodiversity loss.
Higher Ed Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
Deep Sea Coral Biodiversity
Students research life forms of both tropical coral reefs and deep-sea coral reefs to discover the biodiversity of the ecosystems. They compare and contrast the diversity and adaptations of the two eco-systems, and draw a picture showing the adaptations.
7th - 8th Science 3 Views 19 Downloads
Students explore a few key concepts associated with measuring biodiversity. They are told that biodiversity can be measured in a number of ways. Genetic diversity is a measure of the genes represented in the sample. Ecosystem diversity is sometimes used as a proxy for biodiversity since different types of animals/plants live in different habitats.
6th - 12th Science 13 Views 64 Downloads
TRUE / FALSE: BIODIVERSITY EDITION
Twelfth graders explore issues related to biodiversity and biodiversity conservation. One person (or object) stands at one end of a trail and another at the other end, both within sight. One person/object represents "truth" the other "falsehood".
12th Science 3 Views 23 Downloads
The African Savanna
Are you thinking about taking your class to the local zoo? Kids of all ages love visiting exotic animals in order to learn about biodiversity, habitat, and animal adaptations. Here is a 44-page activity guide that provides educators with a wide variety of pre-trip activities intended to enhance the overall field trip experience.
1st - 5th Science 38 Views 29 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
Relationships and Biodiversity Lab
For this relationships and biodiversity worksheet, students investigate the relationships between 4 plants sample using 7 different tests. These include looking at structural characteristics of the plants, seeds and stems, using paper chromatography to compare extracts of each, using an indicator to check for the presence of an enzyme, using gel electrophoresis to compare the DNA and translating the DNA code to compare proteins.
9th - 12th Science 24 Views 177 Downloads
Biodiversity Debate - Stream Side Science
Role play community members who are both for and against the construction of a dam. Research the pros and cons and then hold a classroom debate. This activity ideally follows a series of stream studies, links to which are included. Use this well-written lesson with mature ecology learners who show interest in conservation.
7th - 9th Science 3 Views 12 Downloads
A Lesson in Biodiversity: Making Comparisons Between Defensive Mechanisms Utilized by Marine Organisms
If your upper elementary or middle school marine biology learners are going to visit an aquarium, then here is a field trip activity guide for you. It is written specifically for The Maritime Aquarium, but the idea can be adapted to any aquarium excursion.
5th - 8th Science 9 Views 24 Downloads
Use a striking world map to display where species-rich biological hot spots are located. Introduce ecology learners to biodiversity and the reasons why hot spot organisms are threatened or endangered. Emphasize the importance of these special biomes and encourage conservation efforts.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 23 Downloads