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In this activity (on page 2 of the PDF under GPS: Biodiversity Activity), learners will pair up and take a notebook outdoors to a selected location to observe and record a list of living things that they see, writing descriptions of unknown species for identification later. After all teams have had a chance to explore the BioBlitz zone, they gather to go over everybody’s findings and make a master list. The duration of this activity can be lengthened to suit the needs of learners. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Biodiversity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Field Trip


Materials List (per group of students)

  • notebook and pencil
  • plant and animal identification resources


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
      • Protists and Fungi
      • Classification
    • Ecology
      • Populations
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Gardening
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • DragonflyTV


  • All rights reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., 2006

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 515566