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

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

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

Species Cards - Don Swann, Saguaro National Park

Species Counts - Don Swann, Saguaro National Park

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Saguaro National Park Background Information

Saguaro National Park Student Field Guide

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