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Activity Description of "Bio-Rings: Biodiversity and Biomass"

Title Bio-Rings: Biodiversity and Biomass
Audience Grades 9-12: Biology, Advanced Biology,Ecology
Abstract Students will explore the ideas of Biodiversity and Biomass around their school. Wire rings (16cm diameters ) are randomly thrown into "Teacher selected areas" by the students. Once they have landed, the students observe the Biodiversity within the "Bio-rings". Next they try to determine the biomass within their Bio-ring. After students have determined the Biomass, they can next try to figure out how much oxygen was produced in making this Biomass. This activity requires some practical math skills. This is not a good activity for a basic or remedial class.
Author Truman Holtzclaw
Email AEOHoltzcl@aol.com
Unifying Concept Change, constancy, and measurement
Science and Technology Abilities of technological design
Science as Inquiry Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
History and Nature of Science Nature of scientific knowledge
Science in Personal and Social PerspectivesNatural resources
Life, Physical, Earth Sciences Interdependence of organisms, Populations and ecosystems
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