Biodiversity, An Introduction (School Grounds Habitat Study)

Who’s it for…

From 3rd class to 6th Class.  Any class/group looking to explore the concept of biodiversity, map the schools habitats or are attempting to complete their Green Schools Biodiversity Flag.

Where…

Around the school grounds or local area (town or rural) and in the classroom.

Duration…

Half day or full day.

What the day entails…

Exploration of the school grounds through an observation game in small groups.  30 – 45 minute discussion in the class about the meaning of the words biodiversity, environment and habitat. Pupils devise their own method of habitat classification and vegetation classification.  Habitat identification and classification of all areas around the school grounds is then carried out through outdoor exploration and application of their own method.  If maps are required a map shall be devised by the pupils of the biodiversity hotspots in their area.  Alternatively a book shall be created by students highlighting the differences in habitats and the biodiversity they contain.

What the teacher needs to do…

Introduce the terms biodiversity, habitats and environment is certainly helpful but not essential as these will be explained comprehensively on the day.  Exploration of different Irish animals and plants and their relationships is an excellent way of engaging students in the topic.  Discussions on the wildlife in their school or town land.  Asking students to create a map from their knowledge of the school grounds or local area helps to get them thinking about nature and their surroundings.  Please ensure all pupils have suitable footwear for the area to be explored and suitable weather proof clothing.

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