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Lesson 6: Biodiversity Game


The purpose of this lesson is to help students think about the factors that impact the biodiversity of an ecosystem as well as the characteristics of a community that allow it to be more sustainable. This lesson begins with a discussion on various factors that may impact the biodiversity of an area. Students then play a game to illustrate the idea that the more biodiverse a community, the more likely it is to survive various environmental impacts (it is more sustainable). Students will then read about and discuss factors that reduce biodiversity. When they play the game again, students will now make choices about the biodiversity of their community to try to increase the chances that it will survive a sequence of environmental impacts. The lesson ends with a discussion to summarize the natural and man-made impacts on biodiversity.