Have you ever had a chat with biodiversity? No? Well that’s because biodiversity (the variety of plants and animals that we depend upon for all of our needs) doesn’t have a voice. To speak up for the environment you can use a biodiversity index to present logical arguments and fight to protect all organisms for future generations. Off you go!
The biodiversity or number of different species that exist in an ecological community is important to ensuring the survival of all species in the community. Increased biodiversity affords a greater chance of there being individuals better able to adapt to changes in the environment.
Scientists calculate a biodiversity index as one measure of the ecological importance of a community. People depend upon a high biodiversity as we search for new resources including food products, fabrics for clothing and medicines. We might say no tree no me but we should also demand the protection of the grasses, shrubs, insects, spiders, birds, reptiles and mammals, for they all depend on one another, just like us.
Safety advice: Conduct a risk assessment of the site. Examples of potential dangers outside: large trees with dead or dying limbs, stinging or biting insects, sunburn and dehydration. Remember, it’s always best to be prepared by having a phone and first aid kit handy.
Some kids will be able to work on this activity with minimal support.
Ideal for: Lower Secondary
- fresh air
Time required: 40 minutes
Curriculum connections: Mathematics, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Sustainability
Complete lesson for classroom teachers:
Outdoor Learning – Biodiversity Index – Year 8
- Species List
- Magnifying glass
- Notebook for recording information
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