Middle School
Science

Exploring Biodiversity

Give your students the information they need to understand biodiversity, why it is important, and what happens when we lose it.
A Collection By Natalie Mroz
  • 11 Collection Items
  • 11 Collection Items
  • Discussion
Exploring Biodiversity
  • Racing Extinction

    Website
    racingextinction.discoveryeducation.com
    racingextinction.discoveryeducation.com
    Natalie Mroz says:
    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.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    Another resource about hotspots, this video explains hotspots and the reasons they are important to protect.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    At this interactive site, students can learn about hotspots around the world and the plants and animals that live there and are in danger.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    This short video explains biodiversity and what's at risk when we lose this richness in our world.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    Teachers starting from scratch or new to the idea of biodiversity will love this unit. It includes various lessons and experiments on biodiversity in your schoolyard.
  • Crossing Boundaries

    Website
    crossingboundaries.org
    crossingboundaries.org
    Natalie Mroz says:
    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.
  • Biodiversity

    Website
    nationalgeographic.org
    nationalgeographic.org
    Natalie Mroz says:
    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.
  • ericdigests.org
    ericdigests.org

    Teaching about Biodiversity

    6 minute read
    Natalie Mroz says:
    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.
  • The importance of Biodiversity

    Website
    nationalbiodiversityteachin.com
    nationalbiodiversityteachin.com
    Natalie Mroz says:
    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.
  • durhambiodiversity.org.uk
    durhambiodiversity.org.uk

    A Biodiversity Guide for Teachers

    11 minute read
    Natalie Mroz says:
    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.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    The National Wildlife Federation provides an excellent definition and background information on this important area of study.
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