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Biodiversity Project

What different organisms are in the world? How are they similar? How are they different? How are all the animals in our world connected? How do humans affect biodiversity?

For this project, students work in groups of three or four to research a kingdom, phylum or class of organisms. Then they create one station for a Biodiversity Lab that middle school students will enjoy.

Each group of students will first pick which taxa they want to learn about. Click here for a link to the different choices. Then each group will research and complete background information on the assigned phylum or class, create a hands-on laboratory activity, and collect specimens for the middle school students to observe and interact with.


Project Benchmarks:

STEP 1:

Type a rough draft of your background information.
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STEP 2:

Type up a proposal for your laboratory activities.  This must include what samples you will use, your description of each sample, and your laboratory questions. 

STEP 3:

Critique background information by comparing to professional examples. Revise background information according to peer feedback and checklist.
 

STEP 4:

Revise your laboratory activities according to peer and teacher feedback. Make sure that the background information supports the laboratory activities.

STEP 5:

Laminate activities.  Set up at your station for the labs this week.   All specimens must be present.

STEP 6:

Do a practice lab and critique each lab station.

STEP 7:

Revise your background information and laboratory activities according to peer feedback. You will email your final draft to Jesse Wade Robinson at jwade@hightechhigh.org.

STEP 8:

Help HTM students complete the lab.

STEP 9:

Reflect on HTM student’s lab experience.

 

Pictures of Student's Labs:

 

Students' Work Samples:

Example Laboratory Activity

Example Background Information