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Biodiversity Toolkit

Theme: 
Natural Systems
Grade: 
6, 7, 8

Within the Biodiversity Toolkit, you’ll find six fun, engaging activities designed to help students learn about the importance of biodiversity and nature. Included are activity plans involving art, language arts, STEM, math, and science education. Teach the full toolkit to provide students with an understanding of the importance of nature and how all living things are connected. Download available for free at www.worldwildlife.org/teaching-resources/toolkits/biodiversity-toolkit.

Resources in this module include:

  • Educator's Resource Guide: The biodiversity resource guide is designed to give you all the information you need to teach your students about biodiversity and the impacts of human activity. The guide provides basic biodiversity facts, why biodiversity and nature matter, what threats our planet's biodiversity is facing, what WWF is doing to help, and what kids can do to help.
  • Biodiversity Mosaic—Arts Education: Students will create an artwork piece that reflects their interpretation of biodiversity. After learning about all that biodiversity encompasses, as a group, they will then piece their artwork together to create a large collaborative representation of healthy biodiversity on Earth.
  • This Just In: News Report—Language Arts: Students will deliver a news report to inform their peers of the current state of our planet’s biodiversity, using facts and statistics from the 2018 Living Planet Report.
  • Biomimicry Design Challenge—STEM: Upon learning how scientists are using adaptations found in nature to devise products that use Earth’s resources more sustainably, students will then use their creativity to develop an idea for a product that is healthier for the planet by mimicking the behavior of an animal or plant.
  • The Future of Species—Math: Using data on threatened or endangered species, students wil create a graph and draw inferences on the probability of these species’ survival on this planet if we don’t make serious changes.
  • Biodiversity Audit—Social Studies: Students will perform a biodiversity audit of their local grounds, following similar steps as scientists in the field. Based on their findings, they will evaluate the property based on how well it can support species and devise a plan for how they can increase its biodiversity score.
  • The Connections Between Us—Science: To understand the interdependence of living things, students will participate in a role-playing activity that demonstrates the vast impacts of threats to our planet’s biodiversity and the ways in which biomes and species are connected.

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