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Science Collection

Biomes of the World

Biomes of the World: Student Content

Resources for student use during this unit of study. These resources include labs, rubrics, and worksheets.

In this four-week unit, students explore biomes around the world and investigate further a specific biome and country within the biome they choose. The unit includes discovery activities to understand human population trends and statistics, natural resources and how they are used, common diseases and natural disasters in specific regions of the world, thermodynamics and home construction in different parts of the world, and biome characteristics. The culminating activity is a biome showcase; an opportunity for the students to present their work to adults and students in the class.

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Day 1: Soap vs. Sanitizer Lab

by Micki Halsey Randall

A simple lab to demonstrate bacterial growth, as well as compare the effectiveness of hand sanitizer vs. washing with soap and water. * Be careful with this lab as bacterial, fungal, and viral colonies will form in the petri dishes.
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Day 2: Tragedy of the Commons

by Micki Halsey Randall

An activity to demonstrate the balance needed in ecological systems.
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Day 4: World Populations Data

by Micki Halsey Randall

A worksheet for students to compile information about population information throughout regions and countries in the world.
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Day 6: Biome Project Guideline

by Micki Halsey Randall

Guideline for developing the final product for the biome project.
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Day 6: Biome Project Rubric

by Micki Halsey Randall

Scoring Rubric for the biome project.
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Day 6: Biome Investigation

by Micki Halsey Randall

Students investigate the biomes of the world using multiple websites. By completing a chart, students will recognize the differences between the biomes.
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Worksheet to discover diseases and natural disasters within regions of the world
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Day 8: Natural Resources

by Micki Halsey Randall

Students use this worksheet to develop a list of the natural resources available in the country and biome of their choice.
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Day 18: Biome Showcase

by Micki Halsey Randall

Students complete this worksheet as they examine the projects from their classmates.
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