Biodiversity and extinction

Biodiversity matters for a whole variety of reasons: ethically, emotionally, environmentally and economically. It is at the very foundation of our society and the basis of our economic success and wellbeing. - Natural England

The list provides a range of activities, lesson ideas, film clips, careers resources, background information, practical tips and suggested teaching strategies. At Key Stage Three, students should learn about:

- the importance of maintaining biodiversity and the use of gene banks to preserve hereditary material

- how changes in the environment may leave individuals within a species, and some entire species, less well adapted to compete successfully and reproduce, which in turn may lead to extinction.

The resources in this list offer a range of suggestions for exploring biodiversity, the effects of human activity and extinction, so that you can choose the style of activities that will most suit your class.

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