National Standards


  • A biodiversity activity from the San Diego Zoo.
  • "Biodiversity Surey" is a unit survey using the school grounds and takes approximately 12-14 school days.
  • The "BIO-RING" activity investigates biodiversity and biomass on the school grounds.  A worksheet to record results is included.
  • "Biodiversity Around Our School" is another activity to investigate the biodiversity of your school grounds.
  • The "Exploring Biodiversity"  workbook has ideas and guidlines for exploring biodiversity in your neighborhood.
  • "The Biodiversity Dilemma" has a database activity and writing assignment along with a teacher lesson plan.
  • Do this "Biological Diversity and Conservation"  wordsearch puzzle with answers .
  • Have students do the Glencoe "Vanishing Species"  and "Conservation of Biodiversity"  worksheets.
  • The lab in this Teacher's Domain lesson (You must register for free to access) could be started while studying "Population Growth," The lab involves growing duckweed over a 2 or 3 week period, but students also compare it's growth to that of other invasive species shown in the included videos.
  • A "Global Warming: Early Warning Signs" curriculum guide includes many activities.
  • Show students the "BioDaVersity Code" video, a take-off on "The Diversity  Code."  The video explains in a clever way why it is important to maintain biodiversity.
  • Have students download and play "Power Up."  In the game the planet "Helios"  is facing ecological devastation and you're in a race against time to save the planet. The game was designed by a group of young people with help from IBM.  It is a great way to learn about our ecological problems. (However, the game requires 1 gig of ram)

  • Do the American Field Guide's "English Ivy-Landscape Plant or Deadly Killer" acitivity.  It includes a "Restoring Wildlife Habitat" video that can be played using Real Player or the Window's Media Player.  The whole activity is in  form and I have produced my own documents for the lab , the lab answers , the maps , the grid , and pictures of the invasive plants .  I suggest laminating the plant maps and pictures of the plants for future use.
  • Try this "Biodiversity In Ponds" lab with "Pond Identification Sheet" and scoring rubric.
  • The Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum has many biodiversity activities in its "Reflections on Earth: Biodiversity and Remote Sensing"  teacher's guide.  I produced this "Biodiversity Lab"  with teacher notes  and lab key  from this Smithsonian guide.
  • If students have access to computers on the internet, try Glencoe's, "Researching Information on Exotic Pets"  Internet BioLab.  Mrs. Rebello has created an "Exotic Pets" worksheet  which has a better link for finding the information that students need.

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