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Section One: What is Biodiversity?

Four intriguing and scientific activities invite learners to explore the natural resources of their town. The activities cover concepts such as genetic traits, organizing species in a taxonomy, the differences between different species of insects and animals, and the importance of biodiversity in an ecosystem.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use throughout the year in different activities, or build upon the biology unit in your curriculum
  • Have kids research the natural resources in their own community
  • Connect the lessons with a unit on endangered species, ecosystems, or Earth Day
Classroom Considerations

  • Lessons are based on the natural resources of Illinois
Pros

  • Each lesson involves collaborative and hands-on activities
  • Encourages research and group cooperation
Cons

  • None
Common Core

Included Materials

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