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Global Schoolyard Bioblitz

Secondary, Middle

Description

In this experiential learning activity, students explore their schoolyard to document its biodiversity and create a wildlife inventory. With the support of an award-winning software platform from Project Noah, students incorporate technology and inquiry skills to identify species, upload photographs and share their findings and conclusions with other Bioblitz participants from schools around the world. In addition to learning about the various species inhabiting their community, students will develop an understanding of the connection between biodiversity and the health of the environment in which they live.

The Project Noah website supporting this activity provides-

  • a searchable database of photographs and information for over 800,000 species
  • direct links to Bioblitz experts who will answer questions and assist with species
  • software to create and publish findings 
  • a platform for students to contribute to Bioblitz’s effort to document global biodiversity

For an introduction to conducting a bioblitz, teachers can view this short video.

 

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The Bioblitz project will effectively support those units in science that address the importance of biodiversity. It is also an excellent opportunity for students to use technology in an authentic science inquiry.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity