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Measuring Biodiversity with Beans

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NGSS HS-LS2-2  Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.

NGSS HS-LS2-6  Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.

This activity asks students to examine the species richness and species abundance of several different habitat types. Students use different types of beans to calculate biodiversity and then use their data to analyze how ecosystem resilience and biodiversity are connected. I have found that it really helps students to understand the greater concepts of biodiversity and ecology, and students really get into it! It is an excellent introduction to calculating biodiversity and could be used before students are asked to measure biodiversity on their school grounds or on a field trip to a wildlife preserve.

I have put this in a .docx format so that you can differentiate the activity based on your classroom and students' needs. Enjoy!
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