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Lesson 3: Setting Up the Biodiversity Investigation


The purpose of this lesson is to connect the issues around biodiversity to the students’ field site. The lesson starts with a class discussion where students talk about what they believe the bird biodiversity is at their field site, and whether or not they believe it is likely to be higher in some areas compared to others. Then in groups students develop the research question they will be investigating in this module as well as their predictions for that research question. Students will return to this investigation four times during the module to collect data and then to analyze the data by applying the various science concepts they have learned throughout the module. Finally, at the end of the module, they will apply what they have learned about the bird biodiversity at their field site to their action plan for their field site.