Resources

image

INQUIRE project reports and resources   |   Lesson plan

23/12/13  |  Lesson plan

‘Explorers in the botanic garden’- a lesson plan from the Botanic Garden of the University of Coimbra.

Are you looking for lessons to teach young people about biodiversity in an engaging and challenging way?  

‘Explorers in the botanic garden’ is a lesson that encourages students to observe the different habitats in the garden and the species that live there, recognizing how and why biodiversity varies between habitats, space and time and can change through the year(s).

This flexible lesson was develop by the Botanic Garden of the University of Coimbra and is suitable for a wide range of ages. During the lesson, young people design and execute investigations to assess and compare the biodiversity of certain outdoor areas. To complete this task they must make hypotheses and discuss what and how to observe abiotic and biotic elements of the ecosystems, how best to record their findings, what their results indicate and how to compile and communicate their results and conclusions.  The lesson can stand alone, as a one off, or repeated during different seasons to enhance the comparative element of the exercise.

In addition to educating young people about scientific content and practise the young people involved are also contributing to a resource for others to use. The University of Coimbra have stored all the observations made by groups of young people to build a database of biodiversity within the garden.

You can down load the full lesson plan, which contains details of how to structure this lesson and a feedback sheet which will aid delivery of subsequent lessons as well as cementing knowledge.

Expand to view comments | 0 comments

Comments

There are no comments. Be the first to comment through the form bellow
Want to comment? You need to sign in or register with INQUIRE

SIGN IN      JOIN

Latest discussions View all discussions

16/10/13 | London

Climate change is happening- The IPCC’s fifth report

IPCC report published in September reveals that, due to human activity, average global temperatures are at their highest for 1400 years. It is already affecting the planet and it's only going to get worse. With the report suffering backlash from still unconvinced critics, how are the public to know what to believe?

00 Comments

Accessibility

              

Follow us on

Supported by

  Share on Facebook