Biodiversity Teacher Resources
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Lion King (the movie): understanding the ecosystem
In this activity 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.
Can Captive Breeding Save Species?
Students research and assess programs that strive to preserve biodiversity, such as captive-breeding programs and species-survival plans adopted by zoos, aquariums, and other institutions.
Summer: Getting the Bugs Out
Students study biodiversity while examining insects. They research insects that already exist and how they adapt to their environment.
Students explore the basic species interdependency within an ecosystem. They explore how one species can affect several others. They discuss the importance of biodiversity in an ecosystem.
Forest Ecology or Who Lives Here?
Students explore a hardwood forest. In this forest ecology lesson, students examine the diversity and animals and plants as they explore their habitats at Poricy Park Conservatory. Students determine how biodiversity and abiotic elements contribute to the livelihood of the environment.
Shakin' It Up!
Students examine the influence genes have on the survival of an organism and describe biodiversity. Students simulate the relationship between healthy populations and healthy gene diversity of deers, and complete a "Bottleneck Genes" activity that demonstrates random assortments of genes using different colored jelly beans in a bottle.
For this earth science worksheet, students identify and locate vocabulary terms related to coastal biodiversity. There are 22 words located in the puzzle.
Lessons in Biodiversity: The Writings of Aldo Leopold
Students are introduced to the conservation philosophy of Aldo Leopold as they discuss the importance of biodiveristy.
Biodiversity Debate - Stream Side Science
Role play community members who are both for and against the construction of a dam. Research the pros and cons and then hold a classroom debate. This activity ideally follows a series of stream studies, links to which are included. Use this well-written lesson with mature ecology learners who show interest in conservation.
Investigating comparative biodiversity of wetland and schoolyard sites
Fourth graders participate in an activity dealing with the environment.
Have You Seen Me? An Introductory Lesson on the Loss of Biodiversity
Students investigate environmental law and policies involving endangered species as well as discuss human impact on biodiversity through an Internet research project. Students create a milk carton of their "missing" endangered species.
Sampling and Comparing Biodiversity
Students compares the density and distribution differences of four species of spiders in two hypothetical habitats. They "sample" two habitats and then do calculations such as average density and relative distributions to compare the data from their habitats.
A Lesson in Biodiversity: Making Comparisons Between Defensive Mechanisms Utilized by Marine Organisms
If your upper elementary or middle school marine biology learners are going to visit an aquarium, then here is a field trip activity guide for you. It is written specifically for The Maritime Aquarium, but the idea can be adapted to any aquarium excursion. On an activity sheet, observers describe defense mechanisms, possible predators, the habitat for one of the organisms on display. Plenty of materials are provided for you to use in preparing marine biologists for this activity.
Biodiversity in Illinois-Pond Habitats
Second graders construct a pond habitat in the classroom using a small swimming pool partially filled with water, real cattails, a tree log adjoining, and plastic animal life appropriate to a pond setting. They examine the frog in detail and discussed lifecycle and characteristics along with identifying common frogs and toad of Illinois and the vocal sounds they produce.
Use a striking world map to display where species-rich biological hot spots are located. Introduce ecology learners to biodiversity and the reasons why hot spot organisms are threatened or endangered. Emphasize the importance of these special biomes and encourage conservation efforts. If you do not mind that the majority of the slides depict the same map repeatedly, the information contained is pertinent to the study of ecology.
Does the increased use of fertilizers effect biodiversity?
Students conduct a hands-on lab activity in which they analyze a sample of water from a local stream or pond. They introduce a fertilizer solution into the sample and analyze and describe their findings.
Students complete activities to study the importance of biodiversity. In this biodiversity lesson, students find images to categorize into organism groups and illustrate their interconnections. Students use measurement tools to study a forest study and write a paragraph describing living and non-living things.
In this biodiversity worksheet, students click on the links in the questions about plants, leaves, and flowers to find the answers to the questions and then come back and answer the questions. Students answer 11 questions total.
The Value of a Garden
High schoolers explore the history of taxonomy, the work of Carl Linnaeus, and the factors involved in the decline and extinction of a variety of botanical species.
Bacteria: Friend or Foe?
Students examine a variety of environmental and industrial roles of bacteria. explore where bacteria can be found and distinguish bacteria from other organisms.