In this lab students will examine models of different habitats. Based on the data that students collect on different numbers of species and total numbers of individuals in each habitat a biodiversity index can be calculated.
This activity is meant to be used with the PowerPoint Lesson found here:
From the PowerPoint, students will also be guided through the steps of the scientific method (another great review) as they move from questions, to creating a hypothesis, to copying a procedure, collecting data, drawing a graph, and finally writing a well thought out conclusion.
Doing this activity makes it easy to incorporate a writing activity into your science lesson.
I have also included a grading rubric to make grading this lab simple and as quick as possible. Each section is worth a certain number of points, with more important sections worth more points.
This activity pairs well with the Bill Nye video on Biodiversity. Here is a link to my movie guide for this activity