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In this biological diversity worksheets, learners 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. Learners 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 learners will answer 9 multiple choice questions on biodiversity and conservation.
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. 
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
Young scholars study the impact that invasive species have on biodiversity and more natural areas.
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.
Sixth graders examine various habitats and record the living creatures they found.  In this biodiversity lesson plan, 6th graders complete a worksheet recording their observations. Students draw conclusions about the climate and its effect on an ecosystem.
Students participate in an interactive lesson using the scientific method to study biodiversity.  In this insect monitoring lesson, 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.
Students are assigned a secret species identity. They identify with the help of the other players. Once all identities have been deciphered, players form a circle and, by passing a ball of yarn from "species to species", they form the web of life, thus demonstrating the importance of biodiversity and the balance of nature.
Fifth graders decide how one uses resources within a particular bioregion.  In this decision making lesson, 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.

Bio-What

9th - 12th
Students explore the concept of biodiversity. Through activities, they discover the importance of one species upon another. Students examine food webs, discuss animals interdependence upon one another, and brainstorm why biodiversity is valuable.
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. 
Students identify the positive effects that human monitoring has on the conservation of biodiversity. They create an electronic field guide by inserting and modifying a table in Microsoft Word. Students view a powerpoint about what biodiversity is and how electronic field guides can be used.

The Dam Builders

8th - 12th
Students examine biodiversity issues. In this European beaver lesson, students visit selected websites to discover information about the reintroduction of the species in Britain. Students complete the included biodiversity activities.
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.

Ecosystems

6th - 8th
Students study ecosystems and the biodiversity within.  In this ecosystems instructional activity students complete a lab activity and assess the biodiversity in their own community.
In this worksheet based on the movie, The Lion King, the student explores the ecosystem including the water cycle, the food chain and biodiversity by answering 33 short answer questions.
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. 

Mice Rule!

7th - 9th
Students explain what biodiversity is and how adaptive features are maintained in a population.  In this biodiversity lesson plan students complete a simple activity involving mouse populations.
Students study biodiversity while examining insects. They research insects that already exist and how they adapt to their environment.

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