A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

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Scientists believe there are between 10,000 and 1,000,000 species of bacteria on Earth. In the activity, upper elementary and middle school learners explore biodiversity. After watching a video and discussing, pairs create a visual representation of biodiversity to share with the class. Activity one in a series of 10. 


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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Activity best fits as introduction to biodiversity or to the biomes of the world
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity fits for fourth, fifth, and sixth grades as well
  • Numbers on the handout key do not have units; teachers may want to create their own data charts showing the number of different species of the given category, for example, mammals = ~5,000
  • Resource is the first in a series of 10 biodiversity activities 
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes a follow-up activity
  • Activity provides worksheets and their answer keys
  • Activity uses a video which is not included and cannot be found on the Internet
  • Involvement portion of the activity is confusing; teachers may want to tweak 
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