Biodiversity Teacher Resources
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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. This could be tailored to fit several grade levels, although the original standard referred to is a fourth grade standard.
Biodiversity and Evolution – Darwin’s Finches
Teens experience natural selection firsthand (or first beak) in an activity that has them act as finches foraging for food. Using different household items (tweezers, chopsticks, plastic spoons, etc.) to act as different beak styles, your little finches will collect as much food as they can from the sources available. After a storm limits the food supply and isolates the finches on different islands, they will have to see if their adaptations prove to be an asset or a death sentence. Throughout the activity, the finches will double as field biologists, recording data and reporting it out to the class.
Tropical Regions/Mapping Biodiversity
Learners 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.
Coastal Biodiversity of South Africa
Learners 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.
Learners 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.
Designing Marine Protected Areas
Students analyze marine sites to include in a biodiversity protection reserve and choose sites that provide the most efficient reserve system. In this protecting marine areas lesson plan, students study the species richness and diversity index of species in 8 different sites and determine which combination of sites are the most efficient to make a successful biodiversity protection reserve.
Eleventh graders practice the Quadrat Survey Technique to analyze the biodiversity of a local plant community. They compare its biodiversity with the documented changes in biodiversity of the tallgrass prairie over time.
Biological Diversity and Conservation
In this biological diversity worksheets, students will use a word bank to fill in the blank of 8 statements about biological diversity. Then students will decided if 7 statements about the importance of biodiversity are true or false. Students will match 6 species to the reason why it's population is declining. Students will read about the threats to biodiversity and complete a table. Finally students will answer 9 multiple choice questions on biodiversity and conservation.
Preserving Health Through Biological Diversity
Students research and explore the benefits of biodiversity, particularly as it relates to human health. They write an essay in which they explain the possible effect of human activities on the emergence of new diseases.
Students examine biodiversity and interrelatedness concepts. In this ecology lesson students go on a field trip and fill out a data sheet.
Mad About Madagascar
Young scholars read/discuss "On Madagascar, A Treasury of Fauna and Flora," examining the issues affecting the biodiversity of Madagascar. They present information on issues affecting Madagascar's ecology, and write policy statements on preservati
Non Native Species: English Ivy-Landscape Plant or Deadly Killer?
Students study the impact that invasive species have on biodiversity and more natural areas.
Seeds in Fall...Collect Them All!
Classify seeds by attributes such as size, shape and color! Learners classify seeds using a dichotomous key. They identify human behaviors that have a positive impact on preserving seed and plant biodiversity.
Plant Life in Action
Sixth graders examine various habitats and record the living creatures they found. In this biodiversity lesson, 6th graders complete a worksheet recording their observations. Students draw conclusions about the climate and its effect on an ecosystem.
Natural Disasters Exploring Plate Tectonics
Students define and describe plate tectonic activities including earthquakes and volcanoes; explore different plate tectonic settings; examine the biodiversity and ecosystems supported by various tectonic settings; and determine the tectonic settings and related ecosystems of the Olympic Coast, Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, Monterey Bay, and Channel Islands national marine sanctuaries.
Students participate in an interactive lesson plan using the scientific method to study biodiversity. In this insect monitoring lesson plan, students simulate the layers of soil and the insects that would live there. Students design parameters to collect insects and a research timeframe. Students create a graph of the species found.
Fall 1-The Rain Forest Biome and the Effects of Acid Rain - Biology Teaching Thesis
Young scholars 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.
Students explore biodiversity and populations using Alaska's wildlife as their focus. In this environmental statistics lesson, students examine the concept of exponential growth in a population and calculate the change in population. Students compare reproductive rates to rates of population. They describe their graphs and three factors that affect the rate of population growth.
Cycles of Life in an Urban Habitat: Changes in Biodiversity
Second graders compare and contrast animate and inanimate objects. In this environmental science lesson, 2nd graders create simple food webs. They observe their environment and create a collage about it.
GPS Ecosystem (Ecotone) Scavenger Hunt
Students describe the characteristics of an ecotone. In this ecotone instructional activity, students pick out their area and describe the visual appearance, conditions, ecosystem, biodiversity, predators, prey, and trees in their ecotone. They create a diagram and complete worksheets.