Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8

World of Difference

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30 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Biodiversity/Habitat, International Comparisons, Forests

Resource Overview

Through a small group simulation using probability, students explore how different population growth rates are impacting biodiversity levels.

Students will be able to:
  • Define biodiversity.
  • Calculate probabilities to compare and contrast the biodiversity of a temperate forest with a tropical forest.
  • Assess how human population growth impacts temperate and tropical forests differently.

Features of This Resource

  • Math-science integration
  • Students practice skills related to probability and statistics
  • Dry beans, or other easy to access items, used as manipulatives
  • Opportunity for scaffolding to increase/decrease the complexity of the small group work

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