Biodiversity Teacher Resources
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A benthic habitat hosts a vast collection of organisms and its structure influences the biodiversity. Middle-school marine biology explorers will discuss how corals impact structure, and therefore diversity, on the ocean floor. They draw Sierpinski triangles and then work together to construct a model of a benthic habitat with the same structure. They apply what they have experienced to how corals can help support complex communities. This can be used in an ecology or biology class.
Students observe the changes seen in succession and the biodiversity of a community through its species richness and evenness. They create a dung culture in a clear plastic cup from horse, goat or cow dung then observe the numbers of species of fungi that grow over a two week period.
Ninth graders explain the purpose of MPA's. For this biology lesson, 9th graders identify MPA's in Southern California. They simulate coastal sampling using candy from two buckets. Students analyze their results and share it with the class.
Students examine the topic of evolution as it relates to biodiversity in various remote areas of the world. They watch videos, conduct Internet research, and in small groups create a digital video report to illustrate common evolution in their own world.
You will get much mileage out of this resource. It is three presentations in one! Standard general ecology information is included within these 69 slides. The first segment deals with levels of organization, biotic and abiotic factors, biomes, biodiversity, and the flow of energy. The second section focuses on nutrient cycles. The final installation examines population dynamics with an emphasis on problems accompanying overpopulation. The font may be considered "cute." This is easily altered if this is not to your liking. Otherwise, this is a terrific resource!
High schoolers identify relationships, organize information from research, use critical thinking skills, problem solve, apply information, practice cooperation to impact environmental problems in positive ways and saving biodiversity.
Using actual data from a deep-sea video survey, high school marine biologists consider the biodiversity, compare species richness between two communities, and learn to calculate the diversity index. The lesson plan is all-inclusive, providing plenty of background information, reference websites, extension ideas, and student handouts. Consider finding a video survey online to show in class prior to this activity in order to spark interest.
Students explore environmental problems due to the growing worldwide human population and examine the growth rate. They also discuss possible ways to stabilize population growth and increase sustainable development.
Students are assigned a secret species identity. They identify with the help of the other players. Once all identities have been deciphered, players form a circle and, by passing a ball of yarn from "species to species", they form the web of life, thus demonstrating the importance of biodiversity and the balance of nature.
Learners explore how different species thrive. For this speciation lesson students research and complete a lab activity.
Students model the NatureMapping program in order to study habitats and biodiversity.
Students map out the bioregions of California by examining the species and environment in different areas of the state. They use information and pictures from a PowerPoint presentation to complete a map handout and play a trivia game.
Students identify the positive effects that human monitoring has on the conservation of biodiversity. They create an electronic field guide by inserting and modifying a table in Microsoft Word. Students view a powerpoint about what biodiversity is and how electronic field guides can be used.
In this biodiversity worksheet, learners look at 3 illustrations and identify an adaptation for survival for each organism. Then students review the concept of biodiversity. This worksheet has 5 short answer questions.
Students create their own newspaper after gathering information at the Museum of Natural History's Hall of Biodiversity.
High schoolers examine an area overrun by English Ivy. They explore how invasive species affect an ecosystem. They also study about the lack of biodiversity and how to measure it out in the field.
Students conduct a field study to examine the number of plants and animals found in different habitats. They identify abiotic characteristics of undisturbed areas and disturbed areas and measure biodiversity qualitatively.
Students identify producers and consumers from marine ecosystems and describe the balance among them in the environments. After constructing a food chain from a marine ecosystem, they examine human activities that can upset the balance of the ecosystems. They play a teacher-created card game and try to collect five cards from the same ecosystem.
Students explore genetics and evolution by examining a hypothetical mouse population. Using coin tosses, they determine mouse traits of parents and offspring. Finally, they consider the outcomes of changing environmental conditions on the mice.
Learners explore the rainforest. They listen to The Great Kapok Tree and create a web using Inspiration software. They research kapok trees and create posters to make others aware of the plight of the rainforest. They role-play the role of the kapok tree and explain why they should be saved.