Biodiversity Teacher Resources
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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.
Students explore the concept of biodiversity. In this environmental science lesson plan, students use field methods to examine the trophic relationship that allows for species diversity.
Young scholars 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.
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.
Fifth graders compare biodiversity in their neighborhood and in the rainforest. In this biodiversity lesson plan, 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 learning exercise about biodiversity, students complete 54 sentences by filling in the blanks and 2 charts about the connectivity of species.
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.
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 lesson. Include this lesson 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.
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.
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.
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.
Students collect species data from a mock intertidal community. In this biology lesson, students graph their data and analyze the species in it. They construct a species accumulation curve and present it to class.
Eighth graders write a short report in first person about any plant or animal found on a list of Illinois species. They become the character of the plant or animal and give a short report describing the plant or animal.
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.
Students are introduced to the animals of Asia. In this biodiversity lesson, students use interactive maps to identify animals from Asia, then play a memory game to reinforce the information.