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Introduce ecology classes to biodiversity and interdependence in ecosystems with a PowerPoint presentation. Then, they get up-close and personal with the invertebrate world by collecting insects, classifying them, and graphing their data. Links to the slide show, instructions for insect sampling, and dichotomous keys for identification are all provided for your convenience.
6th - 12th Science 17 Views 9 Downloads
Biodiversity Flourishes in Phanerozoic Eon
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.
10 mins 10th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Designing Marine Protected Areas
High schoolers 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.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 17 Downloads
Ecology, Nutrient Cycles, Populations
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.
6th - 12th Science 82 Views 329 Downloads
Worksheet: The Theory of Natural Selection
Here is yet another variation of the classic activity in which lab groups use different tools to imitate different bird beaks as a demonstration of one of the factors in natural selection. What makes this one unique is that it is on a brightly colored worksheet and is followed by an assignment to write a paragraph about the occurrence of natural selection.
7th - 12th Science 83 Views 131 Downloads
New Review Biodiversity and Evolution
Why is diversity in biology so important for an ecosystem? Explore biodiversity, evolution, and natural selection with a presentation for your biology class. It features clear information, activities for further understanding, and helpful graphics.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Shakin' It Up!
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.
6th - 8th Science 3 Views 24 Downloads
Diversity in Insects
Second graders examine bug photos from across the world. In this biodiversity lesson plan, students use a field notebook to make observation of insect photos. The class gather on the floor to investigate a mock field of insects and share their discoveries.
2nd Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Natural Selection and Evidence Worksheet
Matching and fill-in-the-blank exercises give biology whizzes a chance to practice vocabulary associated with evolution. Terms to be reviewed focus on evidence for evolution, natural selection concepts, and some genetics words. You could use this as a quiz at the end of your introduction to natural selection.
9th - 12th Science 42 Views 140 Downloads
Species and Specimens: Exploring Local Biodiversity
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.
6th - 12th Science 8 Views 36 Downloads
Connecticut Wildlife: Biodiversity and Conservation Status of Our Vertebrate Populations
Students explore the different types of vertebrates found in their area. In this environmental science lesson, students perform a case study on the Common Raven. They analyze data collected from research and create charts and graphs.
11th - 12th Science 10 Views 25 Downloads
The Effect of Natural Selection on Genes, Traits and Individuals
Rotating through five stations, evolutionary biologists explore the question of how changes in DNA facilitate the changes in a population over time. High-quality, colorful cards of animals, skeletons, skulls, and DNA sequences can all be laminated for repetitive use at stations where learners investigate adaptations, morphology, genes, and analogous and homologous structures.
9th - 12th Science 21 Views 22 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Discovering Rainforest Locations
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.
4th - 8th Science 29 Views 48 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The African Savanna
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.
1st - 5th Science 32 Views 25 Downloads