What is the difference between a biome and an ecosystem?

It is easy to confuse an ECOSYSTEM and a BIOME.

Read this post on ecosystems.

Then read this post on biomes.

What can we conclude after reading this information and our discussion?

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TASK 1

Work in pairs to make a Venn diagram, and write the differences and similarities of ecosystems and biomes.

 

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TASK 2

  • Get into groups of 3 or 4.
  • Choose a different biome for each group (BTW – there are six on your knowledge rating scale….grasslands, wetlands, ocean, arctic, tundra, savanna)
  • Make a poster that clearly shows all the information you know about your biome.
  • Check out this website – Enchanted learning – biomes – for clues and help
  • Display your poster for every one to learn from your research and work!

 

Your poster should include references to: –

  1. Location – Where in the world can this biome be found?
  2. Landforms/Elevation – Are there mountains, flat lands, underwater places, at / above / below sea level….?
  3. Climate (seasons, temperature & rainfall) – What’s the weather like? Seasons? Temperature? Rainfall?
  4. Water – Is there fresh water or salt water in this biome?
  5. Plant life – What kind of plant life can you find in this biome?
  6. Animal life – What kind of animal life can you find in this biome?

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TASK 3 – FOLLOW UP ACTIVITY – checking that the posters are effective.

In groups, look at each others posters. Can you find the  following information from the other posters? Make a note of the information in your U.o.I. journals. Don’t forget to write the title of the biome poster you are looking at.

  1. Location – Where in the world can this biome be found?
  2. Landforms/Elevation – Are there mountains, flat lands, underwater places, at / above / below sea level….?
  3. Climate (seasons, temperature & rainfall) – What’s the weather like? Seasons? Temperature? Rainfall?
  4. Water – Is there fresh water or salt water in this biome?
  5. Plant life – What kind of plant life can you find in this biome?
  6. Animal life – What kind of animal life can you find in this biome?

 

  • Did you find all the information you needed? If not, what was was missing?
  • Was each poster effective, or could some of the posters have been better?
  • What would you recommend to the groups that made the posters so they can improve their posters?
  • Do you think this will help you check your own posters by yourself in the future before you display them?

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