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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.
Learners explore the interdependence of the animals and plants in tropical rainforests. They explore the importance of conserving biodiversity and tropical food chains. They create a tropical forest food chain and identify species that live in the Caribbean National Forest.
Learners explore a hardwood forest. For this forest ecology lesson, students examine the diversity and animals and plants as they explore their habitats at Poricy Park Conservatory. Learners determine how biodiversity and abiotic elements contribute to the livelihood of the environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.