1.)Introduce the lesson by telling students the following:
The Birmingham Zoo needs your help! In the last few months, the zoo has become very understaffed and they need students to help them with their re-design of the zoo grounds. The zoo wants to create a display that represents every biome in the world. Students will divide into teams. The teams will take the shortest trip possible (via the Internet) around the world to visit all the biomes in our world and report information back to the zoo to complete the re-design.
2.)Discovery of the Biomes:
Without defining biomes, let students go to the computers and ask them to find out what a biome is and then to locate the main 6 land biomes in the world using the site below. Have students record their findings using the Biomes attachment.
)This site list all of the biomes with many details about each one.
3.)This site has maps featuring the five major biomes and their most important sub-categories.
(Map: World Biomes
)Maps and information on biomes.
4.)This resource, from the Living SchoolBook's CyberZoo, features a chart with information on dozens of zoo animals.
(The CyberZoo Animal List
)Chart about biomes.
5.)Have students open the Biomes Vocab attachment. Let students create a vocabulary booklet containing all new vocabulary that they discover through this trip. Each word should be defined and illustrated.
6.)Organize students into groups of six. Allow each person in the group to select a different biome. Using the biome organizer (see attached), students should conduct research using the Internet and find all of the necessary information as listed on the organizer. Give students the organizer and review the information they will be looking for, before allowing them to begin. Go over the following before allowing students to begin:
a) When choosing animals, make sure to think about the food chain.
b) When deciding on the plants, think about these questions:
Why are you including these plants?
Why are they important?
Bookmark the website below to help students with the research. Also, refer students back to the website in Step 2.
(Biomes of the World
)This site provides many details about biomes of the world.
7.)Once students complete their research, instruct them to begin putting together their presentations. Inform students that their teams must work together to create a slideshow presentation for the zoo. Allow students to use the template attached.
8.)Once all presentations are completed, allow each team to present its slideshow to the class. The class could invite zoo employees to give feedback about their presentations.
9.)The teacher may find additional helpful information at the following portal.
(A Hotlist on Biomes
)An Internet hotlist on biomes.