Conservation Teacher Resources
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Online activities make learning about wetland biodiversity interactive! First, ecologists navigate through National Geographic's 56-page "GeoStory" about US wetland ecosystems. They use the FieldScope tool to investigate the Barataria Preserve in Louisiana and predict where assigned species might make their homes.
Investigate the choices people make between economic growth and personal growth and development using the ethical/decision making model. Small groups create and present a position paper describing their feeling for or against the conservation of resources.
Young scholars match certain animals with a possible fate that could happen to them from a provided list in order to discover the threats to biodiversity and the role humans play. They also discover the importance of biodiversity and what we should do to protect it.
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.
Students role play a meeting between conservation biologists and local representatives who want to advance the livelihood of local population. In this history lesson, students research the necessities and conservation issues of given regions. They deliver a persuasive speech about balancing environmental conservation with human needs.
Learners explore the biodiversity of the national marine sanctuaries. In this science lesson, students view a video about Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Learners work together to explore the types of wildlife in the sanctuary, the threats it faces and the importance of the ecosystem.
Students define conservation, identify actions that conserve habitat and those that reduce habitat, and generate ideas about how one can practice conservation in everyday life.
Students analyze marine sites to include in a biodiversity protection reserve and choose sites that provide the most efficient reserve system. In this protecting marine areas lesson plan, students study the species richness and diversity index of species in 8 different sites and determine which combination of sites are the most efficient to make a successful biodiversity protection reserve.
Students investigate the biodiversity in estuaries. In this estuary lesson plan, students use Google Earth to explore the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. They produce a biodiversity concept map and portray the life of a plant and an animal in an estuary by producing a poster.
In this biological diversity worksheets, students will use a word bank to fill in the blank of 8 statements about biological diversity. Then students will decided if 7 statements about the importance of biodiversity are true or false. Students will match 6 species to the reason why it's population is declining. Students will read about the threats to biodiversity and complete a table. Finally students will answer 9 multiple choice questions on biodiversity and conservation.
Tenth graders examine conservation and research a type of fish that is under environmental stress. In this conservation lesson plan students create a pamphlet about the conservation of a marine organism.
Twelfth graders explore issues related to biodiversity and biodiversity conservation. One person (or object) stands at one end of a trail and another at the other end, both within sight. One person/object represents "truth" the other "falsehood". To begin, the participants stand in the middle with the leader. The leader reads out a statement and participants run to the side that represents what they think the answer is.
Sixth graders investigate the ways in which human beings impact the environment and ecology through the calculation of their own ecological footprint, discussion questions pertaining to biodiversity and potential imbalance hazards, and group discussions. four worksheets, an assessment, and internet research is utilized so that students will come away with solid awareness of how human communities affect biodiversity and the planet at large.
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.
Why not walk in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt and become a conservationist? After discussing issues and reasons for animal extinction, the class creates their own conservation plans. Each small group is given mock data regarding a fictitious island environment, as well as three different endangered species cards. They work together to determine how they will conserve portions of the island to save each of the endangered animals they've been assigned. Some wonderful wrap-up discussion questions are included, which would also work well as writing prompts.
Students are introduced to the conservation philosophy of Aldo Leopold as they discuss the importance of biodiveristy.
Students explore the diversity of different marine sanctuaries. In this biodiversity lesson students work in groups to explore a sanctuary.
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.
Discuss the importance of wildlife conservation. Learners talk about the animals and plants on the US Fish and Wildlife Services list of endangered and threatened species. Then, they engage in a detailed discussion of the reasons these animals are endangered. Finally, they talk about ways to protect wildlife.
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 plan with mature ecology learners who show interest in conservation.