What is Biodiversity?

Part of the Biodiversity Counts Curriculum Collection.

Biodiversity is the spectacular variety of life on Earth and the essential interdependence among all living things.

Students begin to learn about the term biodiversity at its most basic level. On their first field trip, students observe a natural space and report on what they see. They also begin to see the need for keeping written records and how to make scientific observations of their site. A series of optional mapping activities are presented that develop the skills required to create detailed and representational maps derived from observations and data.