ARKive is a website that brings together the very best films and photographs of the world’s different species into one centralised digital library, to create a unique audio-visual record of life on Earth, prioritising those species at most risk of extinction. It is making this key resource accessible to all, from scientists and conservationists to the general public and school children.
ARKive’s free teaching resources cover a range of key science and biology subjects including food chains, conservation and biodiversity. Resources include classroom presentations, activities and handouts, teachers’ notes as well as links to ARKive species profiles and scrapbooks. There are resources for all age ranges and Key Stages from 5 through to post-16. Examples include:
- Dinner at the Reef – a game exploring food chains in a marine environment, predator-prey relationships and the fine balance of an ecosystem.
- Biodiversity Hospital – working in medical teams, students balance competing priorities for the conservation of an endangered species and devise a ‘treatment’ plan. They learn the importance of biodiversity and species conservation, the fine balance of the ecosystem and how to measure competing priorities.
- Endangered Species Bingo – introducing the concept of endangered species through a fun game.
- Design a Conservation Programme – learning about the importance of biodiversity and the economic benefits and services ecosystems provide.
- Galapagos Conservation – presenting a news bulletin to learn about species and conservation issues in the Galapagos Islands.
In addition to the teaching resources, this website is a great place to find images and films of our planet’s wonderful and diverse wildlife. There is also a Climate Change section providing information on causes and effects, including details of species affected by climate change.
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