Educator Resources

Teaching & Learning About Biodiversity

At EarthEcho, our mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future. Educators, parents, and community learning programs are all essential in this process- providing youth with the knowledge, tools, and opportunities to be catalysts for change. To support our youth in looking at the world around them with a critical and innovative eye, we have provided standards-aligned educational resources to help support biodiversity education in both formal and informal learning environments as we set out to preserve, protect, and repair natural resources in our own backyards. All 2021 entries are now closed.

Ready To Dive In?

STEP 1 Review the OurEcho Challenge Guide, then dive into the Biodiversity Basics Lesson Plan with your students. This lesson is broken down into four 15-30 minute activities that allow your students to learn the basics of biodiversity. TIP: Students may complete the Action Plan independently, with little guidance, in preparation for entering the OurEcho Challenge.

STEP 2 Have teams of 1-3 students complete the Project Planning Worksheet to solidify their OurEcho Challenge proposal and submission entry. Be sure to review the Checklist & Winning Tips and Scoring Rubric. Looking for inspiration? Meet the 2020 OurEcho Challenge winning teams to learn about their projects to preserve biodiversity in their own backyards.

STEP 3  Have each student and their guardians complete a Permission Form. Student teams can use the Entry Form Worksheet to prepare their proposal.

STEP 4 Submit your team entry to the OurEcho Challenge!

All resources have been developed by classroom teachers for flexible use across a variety of learning environments, including in-person and virtual. Resources are designed to prepare students and their mentors to enter the OurEcho Challenge and may be used independently to learn more about biodiversity in everyday life.