Biodiversity Teacher Resources
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Students discuss the importance of maintaining ecosystems and explore the various arguments that people make in favor of preserving the Earth's biodiversity. They view photos of endangered species on the Internet and write persuasive essays.
Sal share the timeline and process by which life propagated and colonized land. He covers life events that occurred during the Cenozoic, Mesozoic, and Paleozoic eras. The video is very basic and covers general knowledge of these eras and topics.
Young scholars examine the concept of biodiversity. Using the internet, they complete small activities in which they work together. Using the information they collected, they create a class book, make murals and write in their journals.
Students are challenged to examine the diversity of their own forest and make comparisons to a tropical rainforest. By exploring and grouping tree and insect types in their local forest, students will develop an understanding of diversity.
Students 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.
Students study the vent and non vent deep sea and see the differences in habitats. For this investigative lesson students complete a worksheet and work in groups.
Students research life forms on tropical coral reefs in order to explore the biodiversity of the ecosystem. In this biodiversity lesson students work in groups and complete their coral reef activity.
In this biodiversity instructional activity, students sort and classify animals by their observable features using a dichotomous key. Students then respond to questions about complete and incomplete metamorphosis.
How many rainforests are there, where are they, and do global factors effect their locations? These are great questions that have great answers. Children in grades four through eight use several different maps to determine why rainforests occur where they do and what environmental factors cause them to grow. They examine biodiversity, soil, temperature, and precipitation maps to draw conclusions about rainforest ecosystems, then they mark all of the world's rainforests on a blank map. The lesson will lend itself well to a deep discussion on the environment, biodiversity, and habitat. Tip: This is a great research topic!
Are you thinking about taking your class to the local zoo? Kids of all ages love visiting exotic animals in order to learn about biodiversity, habitat, and animal adaptations. Here is a 44-page activity guide that provides educators with a wide variety of pre-trip activities intended to enhance the overall field trip experience. Each activity is hands on and involves reading, research, creative thinking, and collaboration to facilitate interest and a deeper understanding of the curriculum. For example, one activity provides children with the opportunity to create a cheetah diorama.
Jaguars feed on 87 different species, making it a keystone species. What happens when such a critical link of the food chain goes missing? Mr. Andersen identifies different keystone species according to ecosystem, and he explains the effect they have on their environment. He uses images, graphs, and charts to keep students engaged.
Students practice the scientific method in the classroom, either in preparation or as a substitution for real-world field experience. They examine a simulated biodiversity research situation, using a "mini-plot" or sampling square protocol, and select their sampling parameters, collect data, and classify "species".
Young scholars practice techniques of field observation and data-gathering while studying local bird population, describe ecosystem as complex combination of elements, which can affect or be affected by each other, and determine effects of human intrusion on bird life. Students recognize what biodiversity is and its role in maintenance of life on earth, and use spreadsheet software to represent graphically the data gathered.
Students research about endangered and extinct species. In this environmental science lesson, students identify the causes and recommend plausible solutions. They create a presentation and share their research with the class.
Learners compare and contrast classification systems used throughout the world. They also examine the importance of preserving biological diversity.
Students compare and contrast the characteristics of plants and animals. In this ecology lesson, students observe the outdoors and describe the relationship among different living things. They relate plant diversity with animal diversity.
Using photographs and a coral reef identification key, junior marine biologists compare changes in coral cover for a No-Take Area and the surrounding unprotected area. The data that is collected is then analyzed for richness, Shannon-Wiener Index, and evenness. Additional resources, extension ideas, and all pictures and worksheets are provided to make this an abundant lesson plan.
Young scholars test tap water for hardness and mineral content. In this environmental science instructional activity, students identify the different stages of the water cycle. They classify plant and animals according to the rules of taxonomy.
High schoolers define the term species, and graph species data together with previously collected data at the National Zoo. They interpret graphed data and recognize patterns in the streamside quadrant versus hillside quadrant. Students use simple calculations (mean and relative abundance) to gauge significance of data.
High schoolers are able to respond to a reading passage concerning human effects (under development) in Madagascar. They have a quiz on primary and secondary succesion as their bell ringer. Students write an essay on the topic "No man is an island, entire of itself; ... any man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls. They discuss the number of ways that humans and the environment are linked to each other.