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Biodiversity Memory Match Up

Cool animals from all over Asia! Illustration: Beegee Tolpa.

Cool animals from all over Asia! Illustration: Beegee Tolpa.

Asia is home to lots of rare and endangered species. This lesson introduces some of Asia's biodiversity to young children, while exercising their memory and practicing cooperation and making prediction skills.

Questions to explore
What is biodiversity?
Where to certain animals live? Why?

Making Predictions
Restating facts 

Time required
45 minutes

Materials required
Print two copies of the .pdf file below for each child or small group. We recommend card stock or 8 x 10 photo paper. An adult should cut out each card to make a uniform pile of 2" x 3" cards. You should have 36 cards total for each game.



This game can be played individually or in small groups. If a group activity, children can work together or they can take turns.

Review the children's maps on our website. Click on the maps for Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran. Point out the animals, plants and invertebrae on each map. Have the children repeat the name and location of each species after you. 

Mix up each set of cards. Lay the cards in a grid format with six rows and six columns. All images should be face down.

The object is for the children to remember the coordinates or placements of images. Ask the child/children to turn over two cards. If there is a match, keep the images face up. If it is not a match, turn the cards over again.

As the child/children turn over the cards, see if he or she remembers the name of the animal and where it lives.