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Into Nature: A Guide to Teaching in Nearby Nature

Schoolyard Biodiversity

Elementary, Middle

Description

The purpose of this outdoor activity is to enhance students’ awareness of human activity on biodiversity. The lesson aims to illustrate the differences in plant diversity between natural areas and human-managed areas and have students consider the implications.

Students will engage in a variety of hands-on activities such as:

  • comparing the plants in an area managed by humans with the plants in a natural area.
  • completing a survey of plants on the school grounds using quadrants.
  • learning how to use a field guide to identify plants.
  • investigating, comparing and sorting different types of plants
  • discussing human management of plant diversity.
  • identifying how humans affect plant biodiversity both positively and negatively

The resource includes a detailed description of how to conduct the lesson, guiding questions, curriculum connections, materials needed, a “Teacher Background Information” box , step-by-step instructions for lesson delivery, and guidance on assessment and evaluation.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This resource provides and excellent activity to enhance the learning by examining the plant life in the school grounds and creating a sample field guide of the different species found there. Students could also brainstorm actions that could be taken to increase the biodiversity on the grounds or in the surrounding community.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity