Outdoor Learning - What is a Biodiversity Index?

Outdoor Learning - What is a Biodiversity Index?

Lesson 7 of 9 in this unit

  • Cool+
  • Secondary
  • Year 10
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Social
  • Outdoor Learning
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students collect data about the biodiversity of their schoolyard. Using this data they calculate the biodiversity index and suggest ways to increase the biodiversity of their school.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • solve problems involving the surface area and volume of composite objects using appropriate units.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • identify composite objects around the schoolyard
  • apply appropriate mathematical theories to solve for volume.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions - Geography

Students learn to:

  • the human-induced changes that challenge the sustainability of places and environments (AC9HG10K01)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 10, students explain how the interactions of people and environmental processes at different scales change the characteristics of places.

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This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • creativity
  • critical thinking

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - oversee activity and facilitate discussion.

This lesson is designed to be taught outside. It contains all the tools required for students to reap the benefits of being outdoors while learning the outcomes of the Australian Curriculum. By spending time outdoors and connecting to nature, students are more likely to care for and conserve nature as adults.

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

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