Biodiversity Teacher Resources

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Young scholars explore the diversity of different marine sanctuaries.  In this biodiversity lesson students work in groups to explore a sanctuary.
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.
Young scholars 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.  Young scholars create a written and oral report describing the importance of biodiversity to the human species.
Students match certain animals with a possible fate that could happen to them from a provided list in order to discover the threats to biodiversity and the role humans play. They also discover the importance of biodiversity and what we should do to protect it.
Pupils explore the concept of biodiversity. For this environmental science lesson, students use field methods to examine the trophic relationship that allows for species diversity.
Students identify habitats in Arizona. Theys define and illustrate a food web, and explain the importance fo biodiversity.
Studnents examine the degree of biodiversity that exists in one's everyday environment, in order to develop an understanding of how scientists classify organisms and to explain why biodiversity is important for living things.
Students research life forms on tropical coral reefs in order to explore the biodiversity of the ecosystem.  In this biodiversity lesson plan students work in groups and complete their coral reef activity. 
Fifth graders compare biodiversity in their neighborhood and in the rainforest. In this biodiversity instructional activity, 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.
In this 5 page worksheet about biodiversity, students complete 54 sentences by filling in the blanks and 2 charts about the connectivity of species.
In this biodiversity instructional activity, students sort and classify animals by their observable features using a dichotomous key. Students then respond to questions about complete and incomplete metamorphosis.
Students examine the concept of biodiversity. They toss coins to determine what traits mouse parents have and the babies traits as well. They predict what would happen to the baby mice if the traits of the parents were different.
How many rainforests are there, where are they, and do global factors effect their locations? These are great questions that have great answers. Children in grades four through eight use several different maps to determine why rainforests occur where they do and what environmental factors cause them to grow. They examine biodiversity, soil, temperature, and precipitation maps to draw conclusions about rainforest ecosystems, then they mark all of the world's rainforests on a blank map. The lesson will lend itself well to a deep discussion on the environment, biodiversity, and habitat. Tip: This is a great research topic!
Students use a world map to locate the country of Puerto Rico. In groups, they identify the various types of vegetation found on the island. They compare and contrast the biodiversity of the country to the United States. To end the lesson, they compare the two countries governments.
Students investigate the biodiversity found along the coast of South Africa. They conduct research using a variety of resources. They use the information in order to write lab reports with the data. The lesson can be adapted to other coastal areas to collect specimens that can be used for comparing and contrasting.
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.
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. Each activity is hands on and involves reading, research, creative thinking, and collaboration to facilitate interest and a deeper understanding of the curriculum. For example, one activity provides children with the opportunity to create a cheetah diorama.
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. Expect to invest up to five class periods for this mini-unit.
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. A beautifully colored illustration is also included, along with an identification key. Include this instructional activity in your biodiversity, marine biology, or ecosystems unit.
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.

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