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Grades 9–12. 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.

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$71.95

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Grades 9–12.

  • Simulate the importance of biodiversity
  • Use quadrat or transect sampling to determine population density and biodiversity
  • Calculate the Simpson and Shannon-Wiener indices

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.

  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.
 
Components Qty Included?
Monoculture Community Cards 32 Included
Biodiverse Community Cards 32 Included
Population Sheets 8 Included
Transparency Quadrat 1 Included
Index Cards 100 Included
Rulers 8 Included
Yarn Skein 1 Included
Wooden Probes 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
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