Backyard Biodiversity NGSS
Jun 15 2015
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Summary Information

Keywords:

Ecosystem, organism, biodiversity, ratio, population size, species, species diversity, species richness, species abundance

Performance Expectation:

PE MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services. *

Estimated Time Required:

2-3 hours

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Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, students will investigate the different organisms found in their local ecosystem (park, schoolyard, etc.), and will use online resources to identify the different species they found. Next, students will collect data on the number of each species present in the ecosystem, and use ratios to estimate their population sizes on a larger scale. They will answer the guiding question: What does biodiversity look like in my local ecosystem?

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