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Grades 912. Students simulate the impact of a disease on monoculture and biodiverse communities, then perform transect and quadrat sampling on a theoretical population. They use the data to determine the biodiversity of a population using several indices. Students gain an appreciation for the importance of biodiversity to an ecosystem and consider how biodiversity benefits humans. Kit includes enough materials for 32 students working in 8 groups of 4.
Study the Biodiversity of a Simulated Community
Students simulate the impact of a disease on monoculture and biodiverse communities with a fun, interactive simulation. They consider how biodiversity affects the stability of an ecosystem and how human populations can affect biodiversity.
Use Data to Calculate Indices of Community Diversity
Students perform transect and quadrat sampling on a theoretical population. They use the data to determine the biodiversity of a population based on species richness, the Shannon-Wiener index, and the Simpson index.
In the final activity, students select an actual habitat, plan a data-collection method, and describe the habitat’s diversity using 2 different indices. Kit includes enough materials for 32 students working in 8 groups of 4. Receive a FREE digital Teacher’s Manual and Student Guide with kit purchase.
|Monoculture Community Cards||32||Included|
|Biodiverse Community Cards||32||Included|
|Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Fine-Tip Overhead Markers||8||Needed, Not Included|
|Scientific Calculators||8||Needed, Not Included|
|Paper Towels, Damp||8||Needed, Not Included|
|Metric Measuring Tapes or Metersticks||8||Needed, Not Included|
|Scissors||Needed, Not Included|
|Local Field Guides (optional)||Needed, Not Included|