How Diverse is That?

Lesson Plan Overview

Students discuss the meaning of biological diversity. Students will compare and contrast the concepts of “variety” and “relative abundance” as they relate to biological diversity. Students calculate the appropriate numeric indicator that describes biological diversity of communities given the abundance and distribution data of species in two communities.

Source: NOAA Ocean Explorer
Subjects: Life Science
Grades: 9-12

Literacy Principles:

OLP#5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

OLP#7: The ocean is largely unexplored.

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