Teaching resources: 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

By Ed Sexton | 15 February 2010
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Poppies and marigolds © 2010 WTPL Kat Jaiteh

News: the United Nations has declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) in which we will celebrate every plant, animal and micro-organism on earth.

The main website to go to for UK information and events is the Natural History Museum's IYB-UK and there is a wealth of online related resources for schools. All are available in the Education section of the website.

One of the great resources to get you out of the classroom and exploring the environment is The Great Plant Hunt, which has a special biodiversity thinking walk suitable for key stages 1 and 2.

You can download and print worksheets and resources from the site that will help you plan your thinking walk and give you an idea of what you might find.

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Daisy © 2010 Natural History Museum, London

There is also the opportunity to get involved with Great Plant Hunt Week, May 17 - 22, 2010 when school children will be asked to take part in a mass observation study. The data and pictures your school collects will contribute to Kew's research which began back in the 1950s.

Or why not get creative for the International Year of Biodiversity with a poetry competition from Cool it Schools? Entrants need to explore the challenges that the natural world faces at the beginning of the 21st century. Full terms and conditions can be found on the website.

We also like the Do one thing section of the IYB 2010 site. There you'll find a great list of simple things you and your school can do to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity and help to preserve biodiversity.

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