Why Poor Places Are More Diverse

Poor soil actually grows the most diverse plants. Although this sounds like a contradictory statement, the video lesson explains how and why this is true. Learners discover how rich soils typically cater to the stronger, faster-growing species.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Take a field trip to a local nature area and log the different species of plants in the area
  • Follow the video with a lab exploration by creating a biodome with different types of soils
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a basic understanding of soil needs for plant growth 
Pros

  • Uses plant growth as an analogy to the human populations in rich and poor areas
  • Provides engaging examples to support the content
Cons

  • None
Common Core