Biodiversity Teacher Resources
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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.
Students explain the meaning of biodiversity. They discuss the characteristics marine reserves need to be able to protect biodiversity in a given area. They compare and contrast clustered and scattered sites.
Students examine the effects of various methods of fishing on fish populations and biodiversity. They read a handout, participate in a simulation of different fishing methods, record the results, and answer discussion questions.
Young scholars read through the lyrics and listen to a song about biodiversity. Using pictures they draw, they interpret the song according to their prior knowledge. They identify the threats to different regions around the world and create a collage to show one of the threats.
Young scholars compare maps depicting the past and present range of tall grass prairie in Arkansas. They research to discover what has happened to the prairie, why it is unique, how it contributes to the biodiversity of Arkansas, and why efforts are being made to preserve what remains.
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.
In this relationships and biodiversity activity, learners investigate the relationships between 4 plants sample using 7 different tests. These include looking at structural characteristics of the plants, seeds and stems, using paper chromatography to compare extracts of each, using an indicator to check for the presence of an enzyme, using gel electrophoresis to compare the DNA and translating the DNA code to compare proteins.
Students explore the different types of vertebrates found in their area. In this environmental science activity, students perform a case study on the Common Raven. They analyze data collected from research and create charts and graphs.
Learners examine the consequences of cutting down large amounts of forests throughout the world. In groups, they use the internet to complete a module taking them on a tour through different temperate forests. To end the lesson plan, they research the problems animals face after their homelands are cut down.
Students discover how plants and animal ecosystems are affected by the growth of a city. In this ecology lesson plan, students study and observe a plant over a period of time. They develop a creative presentation of their data and share them with the class.
Students practice skills essential to all scientific investigation: carefully observing and collecting data. They become field biologists in a series of hands-on activities to collect and identify specimens, and survey and calculate the diversity of plant species in their local environment.
Learners sample a site with low human impact, one with moderate human impact, and a third with high human impact. Students chart the data for each site and then compare the sites and discuss.
Students are introduced to biodiversiy. They use a simulation of two forests, one planted with only Douglas Fir trees, and one with diverse species of trees. Students also use the simulation of two forests, one a monoculture of only one kind of tree and the other a diverse forest, and how a disease affects the two forests differently.
Students investigate the diversity of temperate forests and tropical rainforests. They catch and observe local insects, sort leaves and insects on a chart, listen to the book "A Walk in the Rainforest," and create a class bar graph that illustrates the diversity of trees and insects between their local forest and a tropical rainforest.
High schoolers are introduced to the conservation philosophy of Aldo Leopold as they discuss the importance of biodiveristy.
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.
Fourth graders participate in an activity dealing with the environment.
Pupils 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.
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.
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.