Club Pathway: Mission: Biodiversity

"Mission: Biodiversity" provides kids with a broad overview of biodiversity, not just in the rainforest, but right in their own neighborhoods. This pathway was designed as a sequence that weaves together PLUM LANDING media resources, including animations, videos, and games, with outdoor exploration and hands-on activities. Each day offers approximately one hour of programming.

Day 1

Today you'll introduce your kids to PLUM LANDING and to the rainforest in Borneo. Start out by having kids watch What's That Sound?!!, a short animated video about some of the sounds they might hear in the tropical rainforest. Continue your exploration outside with the related activity Sound Safari. Round out your day by completing the "Explore Some More" ideas listed with both the video and the activity.

Day 2

Today is all about biodiversity – not just in the jungle, but right in your own neighborhood. Watch What's That Smell??! and Stinkarama! Then head outside for the related hands-on activity Biodiversity Bingo. Continue exploring diversity with the "Conversation Starters" and "Explore Some More" ideas listed with both the videos and the activity.

Day 3

Let kids take what they've learned about jungle life and set it to song! Sing along with the Earthlings on Jungle Jam!, discuss the associated "Conversation Starters," and complete the "Explore Some More" idea. Then, have kids perform their songs for one another – outdoors, if possible.

Day 4

Learn about your ecosystem by watching A City in the Forest, a short video about what lives in, on, and around trees. Head outdoors to complete one or more of the "Explore Some More" ideas listed with the video. If time permits, wrap up your day by heading to the computer lab and having kids complete several Nature Sketchpad missions.

Day 5

Wrap up your jungle unit by exploring rainforests around the world and telling Plum all about YOUR world. Watch Earth to Blorb: The Jungle!, discuss the "Conversation Starters," and complete one of the related "Explore Some More" activities. End the day with a sharing session where kids read aloud their letters to Plum.