This learning block represents one week’s work. Aim to watch at least one video and choose at least one activity or project to complete.
There are two videos to choose from about Biodiversity. The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!
How many species are there in our biodiverse world?
tour the svalbard seed vault where they store plant biodiversity
Now choose an Activity
explore biodiversity in your area
Biodiversity looks different in every neighborhood, town, city, region, country, and continent. Different birds, plants, animals life and thrive in your each area.
Link to the “Map of Life” website and zoom in on your part of the globe. Click on your country and a list of birds, mammals, reptiles, and more that live there. Then click on each group of life to the right to see images and more info one each life form.
Create a poster featuring the biodiversity in your area of the world. Snap a photo and include this in your portfolio.
Build a bird feeder
Birds are an important part of the earths biodiversity. Build a bird house using recycled materials from around your house.
- You will need:
- – Pointy scissors
- – Push pin
- – Plastic water bottle with lid
- – Wooden stick. Chopsticks, skewer, straight stick from the yard will work.
- – Strong String
- – Bird feed or seeds
Watch the video to learn how to build the house. Remember to ask an adult for help with cutting.
Find a great place to hang the birdfeeder – outside a window, on your balcony railing, in a tree in your yard. Take some time each day to watch the bird feeder and take notes about what birds show up.
Help combat climate change: Imagine ways to increase biodiversity in your neighbourhood
Biodiversity is important to our world. Scientists work hard to understand biodiversity and to preserve biodiversity across the globe. One BIG example of this hard work is the Svalbaard Seed bank you visited above, but you can take steps in your own neighbourhood and community to increase biodiversity.
Below are few videos that show things people have done across the world to increase biodiversity in their area. Use this videos to spark your creativity.
After you have explored these videos, grab a couple of sheets of paper and head outside to your yard or local park and brainstorm (think about) ways you can encourage more biodiversity or variety of living things in your world. Narrow your ideas down to the best three ideas and describe those three in more detail using words or drawings.
Take a photo of your biodiversity ideas and upload to your portfolio.
Books about biodiversity
Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library.