Once uttered only in the halls of academe, Biodiversity
has made its way to the elementary, middle, and secondary school classroom.
The word evokes ideas of total number of unique things, such as genes,
genera, and species, and their abundances. As concepts go, Biodiversity
is big, which makes measuring it in the field and in the laboratory quite
a challenge. But the classroom is neither a science laboratory, nor a
field site, which is why this lesson plan uses interactive mapping technology
to bring Biodiversity field data to the classroom. This Biodiversity lesson
plan utilizes the files below. The first five files are the most illustrative.
The additional files are for those who may want a different format or
to explore more on their own. To download a file, right click your mouse
on the link and save it to your hard drive.
the Biodiversity Lesson Plan [ PDF file ]
Map Tutor [ Flash
[ Flash Interactive ]
Table_2 [ Word Document ]
Table_5 [ Word Document ]
Blank Work Sheet [ Excel File
This file contains a list of all 426 mammals included in the North American
Mammals web site. It also includes the latitudes used in these examples
for data entry and comparison.
Sample Points for Latitude
and Longitude [ Google Earth© KMZ File ] NOTE: Please
do NOT try to open this file. Instead, right click and select
"Save Target" (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (Mozilla Firefox).
Install Google Earth© if it is not already on your computer. This
file works best with Google Earth© 4.0 or later; go to http://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/agree.html
to download the latest version.
Once Google Earth© is installed, right click
to download this file to your desktop or to your Google Earth© Directory.
Double left click on this downloaded file. Google Earth© will open
with these locations in place. (If you had other locations on Google Earth's©
map when it was last used, they will also be visible.) Be sure to save
these locations before you exit Google Earth© by using your mouse
to move them up into "My Places" or some other folder outside
your temporary directory of places.
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