Educator Resources

Program Manual

The Bio/Diversity Project Manual

 

Lesson Plans

All Grade Levels

Edible Landscapes Survey - Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Home in the Sonoran Desert - Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

How Far Do Plants Travel? - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

PowerPoint Presentation and Activity (How Far Do Plants Travel?) - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

Maize Diversity Game - Life Lab, lesson from Maize

Migration and Changes in Species Abundance - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

Monarch Migration Game - University of Minnesota, Monarch Lab

Flight of the Butterflies, Educator Guide - University of Minnesota, Monarch Lab

Species Accumulation Curve Math Activity - Don Swann, Saguaro National Park

Species Cards - Don Swann, Saguaro National Park

Species Counts - Don Swann, Saguaro National Park

What's the Buzz on Native Bees? - Desert Discovery Class, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Student Handout - Desert Discovery Class, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Teacher Answer Sheet - Desert Discovery Class, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

 

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

A Walk in the Desert - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Life Cycle of the Saguaro - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Student Handout - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Invasive Species Cause Changes in Ecosystems - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

 

3rd Grade - 5th Grade

What Do Your Tracks Tell? - Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Beaks For What We Eat - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Insect Safari - SaveNature

Food Webs - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

Food Web Activity (Weaving the Web) - USDA, Ag in the Classroom

Sonoran Desert Adaptations - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

The Biodiversity Box - Megan Gauss and Christopher Dobson, Grand Valley State University

Who can be a Scientist? - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

 

6th Grade - 8th Grade

Endangered and Threatened - Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Taking a Count of Biodiversity - Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

A Dynamic Balance: Living in the Sonoran Desert - National Park Service

Biomimicry in the Sonoran Desert - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

Environmental Photography - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

Field Drawing - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

Student Handout (Field Drawing Worksheet) - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

Genetic Diversity - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

Local Fast Foods - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

Species Diversity - UA Intern-Developed Lesson Plan

See the Species Accumulation Curve Math Activity above for directions, species cards, and species counts

Understanding Biodiversity - Resources Area For Teaching

 

9th Grade - 12th Grade

Biodiversity Jenga - BSC 307, 5-E Model Lesson Plan

See this link for graphing activities that can be associated with Biodiversity Jenga

What is Biomimicry? - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

A Dynamic Balance: Living in the Sonoran Desert - National Park Service

Understanding Biodiversity - Resource Area For Teaching

 

Schoolyard Bioblitzes

The Schoolyard Bioblitz - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Bioblitz Data Sheet - National Geographic, National Park Service

Bioblitz Observation Worksheet

Bioblitz Skill-Building Activities in Florida - Learning + Education at the Encyclopedia of Life

 

For additional lesson plans and resources, visit the following websites:

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

EOL Learning + Education at the Encyclopedia of Life

SaveNature

UA Community School and Garden Program - K-8 Curriculum and High School Curriculum

 

Podcasts, Videos, and Public Media

His Epic Message Will Make You Want to Save the World - National Geographic, Short Film Showcase

Kids Take Action Against Ocean Plastic - National Geographic, Short Film Showcase

We're Losing Biodiversity in Foods - American Public Media

 

Additional Resources

Biodiversity Basics Presentation - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Lesson Plan Template for the Bio/Diversity Project

Resource Guide (list of websites, videos, and additional information)

Saguaro National Park Background Information

Saguaro National Park Student Field Guide

Scientist of the Week Worksheet

Vocabulary List

 

Evaluations

Draw a Scientist Test - Worksheet

Science Motivation Questionnaire - Elementary School

Science Motivation Questionnaire - Middle School and High School

 

Species Identification Guides

Birds - Pima County Parks and Recreation

Common Backyard Insects - Tree of Life Web Project

Guide to Common Cactus and Succulents of Tucson - Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society

Plants of the Sonoran Desert by the Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association

Sonoran Desert Field Guide by Arizona Naturalists

Common Leaf Shapes - University of Florida, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Insect Classification - SaveNature

Lizards of Sabino Canyon, Coronado National Forest - Arizona Game and Fish Department