Biodiversity Unit Plan

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been part of the whirlwind world of teaching middle school for 20 years. She has a Master of Education degree in instructional design.

Exploring biodiversity with your middle or high school students can be quite a fun experience! This unit plan guides you through the steps to build student familiarity with various concepts, from ecosystem equilibrium to the rainforest biome.


The biodiversity of the world's animal and plant species is a fascinating subject. You can help your middle or high school students explore this concept using the lesson plans, activities, and projects in this unit plan. It's essential that students have a foundation of knowledge about the concept of biodiversity. However, that's not the only important part of a unit on the subject. Establishing building blocks for students related to varied species, ecosystem health, and specific biomes is also necessary to establish a full view of the concept.


Kick off the unit using this Biodiversity Lesson Plan which provides a concept overview and an opportunity for application of this important concept. Engage students in a discussion of why biodiversity is so important in preservation and maintenance of the world's animal and plant species. Establish a comprehensive foundation of how ecosystems are impacted by healthy biodiversity. Consider having teams of students create posters that represent the concept of biodiversity and its importance to the natural world and to our livelihood.

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