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Fifth graders decide how one uses resources within a particular bioregion.  In this decision making instructional activity, 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.
High schoolers 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.
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. 
In this earth science worksheet, students identify and locate vocabulary terms related to coastal biodiversity. There are 22 words located in the puzzle.
Students comprehend the importance of wildlife conservation by behaving like conservation biologists. They define biodiversity and study biodiversity of a local habitat. Students analyze difficult choices involved in protecting biodiversity. They write a fictional story from the perspective of an endangered animal.
Students complete a unit on biodiversity and their significance to pharmaceuticals. They
Fifth graders visit the playground to look for signs of life. They search for insects, birds, animal tracks, feathers, nests, trees, soil, etc. They then compose a class list that shows all findings in the schoolyard and post it in the classroom.
Students 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
Students 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
Learners study the impact that invasive species have on biodiversity and more natural areas.
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.
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.

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