11-13 yrs old
14-18 yrs old
Climate & Environment
Explore the lab to learn core concepts of biodiversity then apply your knowledge to reveal the processes behind the five threatened species biomes.
August 9, 2019
Minecraft World File
Download the world and open with Minecraft: Education Edition. You'll find this resource in your Templates, under Create New.
Wild Classroom - Biodiversity Toolkit
The activities in the biodiversity toolkit provide students with an understanding of the importance of nature and how all living things are connected.
What is biodiversity?
Why it's under threat and why it matters.
Living Planet Report 2018
Published by WWF every two years, the report brings together a variety of research to provide a comprehensive view of the health of the Earth.
Designed to help study their chosen biome. At the end of the lesson, class can present or discuss their case study as individuals or in a group.
This worksheet will assist you with example answers and the in-game location of relevant information.
This project was developed in partnership with World Wildlife Fund. Explore an exciting new Minecraft world created by Naturebytes as well as three new lessons designed to help you teach about biodiversity and its importance to our planet's past and future.
Introduction (in-class) (2 mins)
Introduce the students to the lesson with the following:
Provide the students with the ‘Biodiversity Lab: Student Worksheet’ (see Supporting Files). Ask them to complete it for ONE of the chosen biomes as they explore the Biodiversity Lab. At the end of the lesson students can present or discuss their case study as individuals or in groups.
The ‘Biodiversity Lab: Teacher Worksheet’ (see see Supporting Files) will assist you with example answers and the in-game location of relevant information.
Minecraft Biodiversity Lab (small groups or individuals) (30 mins)
Ask students to explore the biodiversity lab. Their exploration should involve speaking with scientists and interacting with the boards and video links to complete the worksheet. Exploration can be student led but to find the necessary information to complete the worksheet, student exploration should:
In class discussion and presentation (individual or groups) (15 mins)
As a class use the biome world map to locate the points or regions where you think all five of the featured biomes are located. Ask each group to present their case study using their worksheets.
Ask students to compare your local environment, locate it on the biome map and pick a keystone species to discuss it’s biodiversity.
Ask students to discuss where they as individuals fit into their local ecosystem and on a global scale. What impact do they have on the current biodiversity crisis and what impact would they like to have on biodiversity.
This lesson will enable students to:
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