Biodiversity Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of biodiversity.  All of the biodiversity activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Biodiversity 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Biodiversity Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation. 

The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.

After completing the Biodiversity 5E lesson, students will be able to describe how biodiversity contributes to the sustainability of an ecosystem.

Distance-Learning Ready

The Biodiversity Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students. 

In the first lab, students will analyze the biodiversity around their own school using a line transect in the first lab.  

In the second lab, students will play a game to reinforce the concept that biodiversity creates a more robust ecosystem than monoculture.  

The Biodiversity Inquiry Labs includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and an CER conclusion.

Distance-Learning Ready

Biodiversity Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about biotic and abiotic factors. All of the following experiences are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Food Webs and Energy in an Ecosystem Escape Room is an immersive experience for your students. It allows them to demonstrate their knowledge of the biotic and abiotic factors through interactive puzzles and challenges.  

One of the puzzles includes information about biodiversity.  Students must use what they have learned about biodiversity to save Mr. Fluffykins from being a 'kitty' treat. 

Distance-Learning Ready

Year-Round Resources

These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics.  All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start each science class off with an interesting warm-up activity.

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.

Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the biodiversity unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • How does biodiversity contribute to the sustainability of an ecosystem?
  • How can we decide which designs are best for biodiversity and ecosystem services?
  • TEKS: 7.10B  - Describe how biodiversity contributes to the sustainability of an ecosystem.
  • NGSS: MS-LS2-5 - Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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