Biodiversity Audit – Grade 8 to 11 – How to Measure Biodiversity

Activity Introduction

An audit is a technique that through unbiased exploration helps establish the baseline levels of a particular facet of an organisation (your school in this case). Once baseline has been ascertained, you can move to improve wherever you fell short. To perform an environmental audit, one is required to investigate, measure, analyse and evaluate our environment, in an unbiased way using a resource or activity. Four methods are presented in the lesson plan. You have the option of using one or all four methods.

Grade: 8 - 11

Prior Knowledge: Scientific method, map work, indigenous vs. alien, tally system

Resources Required: Various - dependent on chosen methodology - Please refer to the Teacher Worksheet

Key Concepts & Skills: Biodiversity, Indigenous vs. Alien, Species Richness, Map Skills, Scientific Method, Analysing, Interpreting, Questioning, Research Skills & Practices, Communicating

Assessment Task (If Applicable): No

Extra Notes: Methodology 1 does not require learners to be outdoors. Methodology 2 - 4 is an outside lesson so is weather dependent

Duration: 1-2 hours

Level of teacher facilitation: Medium

Curriculum links: Mathematics – Basic Operations & Data Handling; Social Sciences – Map Skills; Life Sciences – Diversity, Change & Continuity

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