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Take a Tour of a Biome

In this lesson, students learn about the five biomes as they create a digital travel brochure.

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Take a Tour of a Biome

Task

Airline prices have been dropping lately, causing people to take more vacations. The owner of Journey4Less, a local travel agency, wants to offer special biome vacation packages. The owner has asked for your help to create an informational brochure for a vacation to one of the biomes.

Engage

Step 1: Introduction

Complete a Biomes KWHL chart as a class to get students thinking about biomes that exist around the world, activate prior knowledge, and assess what students already know about biomes. Then, using online resources, introduce students to the different biomes. If you have access to the unitedstreaming movie library, you may also want to show a movie about the biomes.

Once students have a strong under-standing about biomes, group students into teams of 3-4. Assign each team the task of creating a travel web site for a tour through a different biome.

Step 2: Online Research

Have student teams research the following questions about their biome:

  1. Where does the biome exist?
  2. What plants and animals live in the biome?
  3. What is the climate like in the biome?
  4. What food chains exist in the biome?
  5. What landforms exist in the biome?
  6. What places of interest are found in this biome?
  7. What makes this biome interesting to visit?

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Step 3: Project Work

Students will use Wixie to create a digital advertisement for a tour of their biome. Students can use the biomes category in Pics4Learning as a resource for adding pictures to their project. The biome advertisement should include:

  1. A map of where this biome exists.
  2. Landforms that exist in the biome.
  3. Student-drawn pictures.
  4. Information about the biome’s climate.
  5. Examples of food chains which exist within the biome.
  6. What places should a visitor be sure to see?
  7. Information about why people should visit your biome.
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Students can use a storyboard to organize their ideas before creating their travel brochure.

Students build their information into a multi-page Wixie project. Student projects can be published through the Wixie URL for each project, enbedded into a class web site, and saved as an interactive PDF.

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Step 4: Present the Project

Have the students present their tours to parents and community members to encourage them to take their vacations in a specific biome!

Take a Tour of a Biome Sample

Assessment

The students will conduct research of their biome of choice.

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The students will synthesize their knowledge based upon their research to create their digital travel brochure. This project must include various facts about the particular biome, including a persuasive argument as to why tourists should visit their biome.

Resources

Whitfield, Philip and Moore, Peter, Cox, Barry. (2003) Biomes and Habitats. Macmillan. ISBN: 0028656334.

Johnson, Rebecca and Saroff Phyllis. (2001) A Walk in the Tundra (Biomes of North America). Carolrhoda Books. ISBN: 1575055260.

Kalman, Bobbie. (1998) What is a Biome? Crabtree Publishing. ISBN: 086505875X.

Lindeen, Carol and Smith-Saunder Gail. (2003) Life in a Desert (Pebble Plus: Living in a Biome). Capstone Press. ISBN: 0736833994.

World Biomes

Mission: Biomes

Kids Do Ecology: World Biomes

Bio Expedition: Biomes

Encyclopedia of Earth: Biomes

WorldBiomes.com

Education Portal: Freshwater Biomes

BBC Nature: Habitats

Standards

NSES-National Science Standards

CONTENT STANDARD C

As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of:

Structure and function in living systems

Reproduction and heredity

Regulation and behavior

Populations and ecosystems

Diversity and adaptations of organisms

CONTENT STANDARD C

As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of:

The characteristics of organisms

Life cycles of organisms

Organisms and environments

Common Core Anchor Standards for English Language Arts - Grade K-5

Writing

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and Collaboration

2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

NETS 3-5 Performance Standards:

1. Use keyboards and other common input and output devices (including adaptive devices when necessary) efficiently and effectively. (1)

4. Use general purpose productivity tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, remediate skill deficits, and facilitate learning throughout the curriculum. (3)

5. Use technology tools (e.g., multimedia authoring, presentation, Web tools, digital cameras, scanners) for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities to create knowledge products for audiences inside and outside the classroom. (3, 4)

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