Biomes Lesson Plan

Assessment: Students will create a foldables packet with information on each of the six biomes discussed in class

Activity:

Begin with definition of biome: a region with similar plants, animals, climate, and other characteristics . List the different biomes of the world (tundra, taiga, deciduous forest, desert, rainforest, and savannah). Introduce foldable. Fold paper in half both ways. Write back on the back to remind yourself not to write anything else back there (this is where the paper will be glued into the packet). Write biome at the top of the front page.
Open one fold and label the 2 sections (a section ends at the fold) as follows:
Plants Animals
Open one more fold to a full piece of paper and label the 4 sections as follows:
Climate Location
Other information Other cont'd

Jigsaw: Students work in groups conducting an internet research to uncover information regarding a specific biome. There will be six groups, each with a different biome. If internet is not available, print information for the groups ahead of time. Students need information for each category listed in their foldables: plants, animals, climate, location, and other interesting facts. Once they have gathered the information. They will work as a group to complete the foldables for their biome. Each member of the group needs to have the same information written in their foldable. This should take at least one full class period.
Day 2: Students switch groups so that the new groups have one member from each previous group. They will share with their new groups all of the information gathered about the biomes. Each student will take notes on a different foldable. Each student will have one foldable per biome.
After collecting information about each biome, each student will organize their foldables (6) into a packet titled: “Biomes around the world.” Use two pieces of construction paper for the front and back cover. On the front cover, have students write the title and student name. Inside the two covers, students glue all 6 biome foldables, making sure the back side is the glued side.
On the back cover of the packet, students will paste a map (print the map from the website: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/teacher_lessons/worldmap1.jpg)of the world and label the areas in which the different biomes are found.


Helpful websites:

http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/teacher_lessons/worldmap1.jpg

http://mbgnet.mobot.org/
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Laboratory/Biome/
http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/biomes.html
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/exhibits/biomes/index.php
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/
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