1Choose an area outside to survey, like a garden, nature preserve or backyard.
2Take a clipboard with paper to the area and look for different plants and animals.
3Make a list or draw the different plants and animals you can find.
4Keep a tally to show how many of each you find.
(Ask an adult to help keep you away from any hazards such as poison ivy.)
How It Works
The variety of animals and plants in an area is called biodiversity. The larger the variety, the more diverse it is. Scientists survey small areas to check the health of the larger environment. Areas that have pollution often have less biodiversity. After a cleanup effort, more plants and animals can live there, which increases the biodiversity.
Check out the Full Lesson on Biodiversity of Life on Earth!
In this lesson, we learn that:
There are lots of different animals on Earth.
There are also lots of different plants on Earth.
They are found in different areas depending on their needs.