Hedgerows

Hedgerows prevent soil erosion, capture pollutants running off fields, store carbon to help combat climate change, and provide homes for predators of many pest species. The biodiversity lesson begins with an activity that discusses why Darwin planted a hedge to study change over time. Scholars then design their own experiments on environmental change. After a visit to a hedgerow, pupils research their assigned section more carefully. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite an ecologist from a nature reserve or local college to speak to the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires prior knowledge of adaptations and ecosystems
  • This is the third installment in a four-part series
Pros

  • Includes differentiation and extension ideas
  • Provides a list of videos, links, and references
  • Offers a role-playing activity to debate different perspectives
Cons

  • None
Common Core