Discovery Education has produced a series of four videos with related lesson materials for your use with your students. As always, the lessons are rich, well written, and will add great depth to your biodiversity unit.
In this lesson, students will discover how biodiversity works in a simulated island colony of birds. It's a good lesson in endemic species and would provide a jumping off point for other investigations.
Always a "go-to" resource for science information, this page by National Geographic really explains the concept of biodiversity, the many types of biodiversity, and the issues surrounding biodiversity. It is a great reference for the teacher.
Can you identify the benefits of biodiversity? Can you explain why biodiversity improves our quality of life? If not, then you need to read this article, which can answer those questions and more. This article explains why your students need to understand all of the connections in our environment and why we need to protect them.
While there are many reasons to study and appreciate biodiversity in our world, this document categorizes them into four categories. You can use these categories to understand why you need to teach about biodiversity and to explain to your students why they need to learn about biodiversity.
If you want to better understand the importance of teaching about biodiversity, read this guide. It also includes reasons for enhancing the biodiversity of your school grounds, which may be useful if you want to include a nature lab on your school property.