By Theme & Grade Level

Click on the links below to download lesson plans for particular grade levels. At the Elementary school level, the themes are all in the same .pdf and the high school materials are broken out by theme. Click on the red links and let us know how it goes! 


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  • Unit 1: Plants on Manzo Campus
  • Unit 2: Chicken Observation 


  • Unit 1: Chickens


  • Unit 1: Chicken Observation


  • Unit 1: From Waste to Resource
  • Unit 2: Composting


  • Unit 1: The Aquaponic System


  • Unit 1: Life Cycle of Flowering Plants
  • Unit 2: Desert Tortoise
  • Unit 3: Native Plants
  • Unit 4: Desert Biome


  • Unit 1: Chickens
  • Unit 2: Measurement
  • Unit 3: Lizards


  • Unit 1: Precipitation and Water Conservation
  • Unit 2: Saguaro Germination


  • Unit 1: Plant Exploration 

High School 

In this 2-3 week ecology unit students explore biodiversity in the classroom and the field, with the goal of contributing quality observations to the iNaturalist citizen science project and developing scientific questions. Students will learn techniques scientist use to measure and monitor biodiversity by making observations, identifying native plants and animals, and calculating diversity indices. All or some of these lessons can be combined to prepare students for their field observations and exploration of patterns of biodiversity in their environment, and finally communicating their findings from the field. Extension of these activities can lead to longer-term biodiversity enhancement projects defined by the students themselves. The use of field journals is recommended. 


Lesson 1: Introduction to Biodiversity

Lesson Plan


Lesson 2: Measuring Biodiversity - The Shannon Diversity Index

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Lesson 3: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Resilience

Lesson Plan


Lesson 4: BioBlitz Project and Field Journal Introduction

Lesson Plan




Lesson 5: Using Field Guides to Identify Native Species 

Lesson Plan


Lesson 6: Describing and Identifying Plants

Lesson Plan



Lesson 7: Plant Walk and Collection - Native vs. Non-Native 

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Lesson 8: Introduction to iNaturalist - Webquest

Lesson Plan



Lesson 9: Making iNaturalist Observations 

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Lesson 10: Schoolyard BioBlitz

Lesson Plan