Tropical Biome Teacher Resources
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New! Tropical Belt
Where in the world is the equator? Explore a world map with your class, coloring in oceans, continents, and rainforests while locating the three major lines of latitude: the equator, Tropic of Cancer, and Tropic of Capricorn. Discuss how the tropical belt is where the sun's energy is focused, allowing for the growth of rainforests. Most appropriate for third and fourth graders, use this as a great introduction to a unit on climates and biomes.
Arranged as an interactive lesson, this presentation focuses on the six world biomes. Upcoming biologists click on a specific biome and a slide lists its location, description, native plants, and animals. A quiz provides learners with factors, and they identify the biome. If you do not have computers available for individuals or small groups, this presentation also works as a note-taking and lecture guide.
A Population and a Biome
How does the availability of resources affect a population? Eager ecologists explore the answer through a multi-generation population simulation game, collecting and analyzing data, then researching a biome. The end products are an Excel graph of data and a PowerPoint presentation about a particular biome. Each child will need access to a computer or tablet to make their presentation, or they could work in pairs. Each group (or individual) will present their biome information to the class.
Exploring Biomes Lesson 2: Biome Research
Learners view a PowerPoint presentation on biomes and their classifications. Divide them into groups and assign them each an individual biome to research. There are pictures of the PowerPoint slides and notes about what to teach for each, but a direct link to the presentation is not provided. Take the time to find it on the Internet because it is an excellent support to the lesson.
Exploring Biomes Lesson 4: Mapping Arizona
Once junior ecologists are familiar with Earth's major biomes, they hone in on Arizona's biomes. Using a website about Arizona's natural resources, learners will identify biotic communities. Beautiful maps and worksheets are provided for your convenience. Make sure to check out the other lessons in this unit via Lesson Planet.
Exploring Biomes Lesson 3: Endangered Biomes
Future environmental scientists compare data from two different conservation strategies. Alone this lesson is sufficient, but as part of the Exploring Biomes unit produced by the Arizona Fish and Game Department, it becomes top-notch.
Introducing Terrestrial Biomes
Students use a map to indicate the locations of the different biomes in the world. In this terrestrial biomes lesson, students discuss the plants and animals adapted to live in each biome.
In this earth science worksheet, students act as travel agents for a particular biome and construct a brochure to sell the class on benefits of taking a vacation to their biome. They include each of the features given in the exercise.
In this biomes worksheet, students read 7 short paragraphs about earth's biomes then match 6 biomes with their definition. Students examine 6 pictures of animals and write the biome in which you would find each animal.
Biomes of the World (and Canada)
Students explore environments by analyzing food chains. In this biome identification lesson plan, students define a list of environmental vocabulary terms such as tundra, rain-forest and desert. Students create a fictional self sustainable food chain that is built on one specific biome or environmental setting.
Scrapping the Biomes
Fifth graders investigate biomes of the earth. In this biomes lesson, 5th graders explore eight different biomes which include the tropical rain forest, deciduous forest, grasslands, and taiga. They design an artistic scrapbook that shows the characteristics of their assigned biome which they research using the Internet and books.
Tenth graders research locations of biomes and their barriers. In this biomes lesson, 10th graders examine location, environmental conditions, and species of plants and animals that live in the biome. Students take notes and create a poster or product to share with their peers.
North American Biomes
For this Science worksheet, students color a biome map of North America. Students color the map by solving the clues listed on a separate sheet of paper.
Animals and Their Biomes
Learners categorize animals according to their natural biomes using biome and animal flashcards.
The Desert Biome
Learners explore the environment by creating a poster presentation. In this biome lesson plan, students identify the characteristics of a desert and the species which inhabit it. Learners create a bulletin board based on a specific biome such as savanna, tundra or rainforest.
Elements of Biology: Biomes
Students describe the different types of biomes. In this biology lesson, students create a map of assigned biome with descriptive paragraphs. They share their findings to class.
Students explore the worlds biomes and see how organisms adapt to these ecological communities. In this world's biomes lesson students research and write a paper about one of the world's biomes.
Unique Plants of the Biomes
Students examine how the earth is divided into different biomes that are characterized by a distinctive climate. In this earth's surface instructional activity students identify adaptations of plants in specific biomes.
Biomes -- Part II
Students use the internet to gather information on the biomes of the world. They identify the climate and unique characteristics of each biome along with any threat to them. They create their own campaign to preserve wildlife.
Students research five different biomes while working in groups. They complete a graphic organizer with the information.