What do you mean … there are more biomes?! No way!

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YES WAY!!

Go to this website – there are other biomes other than the ones we have been looking at!

Look at this Biome Pyramid … can you make sense of the clues here?

PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS!

It is your duty to tell the world! What information should you tell them? What can you do to let the world know this important information?

Come up with a plan of action, and DO IT!!!

(Here’s a clue…. your blog MUST be involved!)

(Here’s another clue… you CANNOT tell people to just look up the website!)

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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?

What is a biome?

Biomes are very large ecological areas on the earth’s surface, with fauna (animals) and flora (plants) adapting to their environment.

Biomes are often defined by factors such as climate, relief, geology, soils and vegetation. A biome is NOT an ecosystem, although in a way it can look like a massive ecosystem. If you take a closer look, you will notice that plants or animals in any of the biomes have special adaptations that make it possible for them to exist in that area. You may find many units of ecosystems within one biome.

There are five major categories of biomes on earth. In these five, there are many smaller biomes (or sub-biomes), under which are many more well defined ecosystems.

Let us find out what kinds of biomes there are:

Go to this website and click on the buttons to find out about each biomes

 

(Information adapted from Interactive Learning Resource – eschooltoday.com )