Identifying Biomes

4th - 6th

In this biomes learning exercise, students will use an atlas to find the location of 12 cities listed on a graph onto their world map. Then students will use the cities' annual precipitation to figure out what biomes that city is found.

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Biome Travel Guide

In a perfect marriage of social studies and science, groups work together to research and create a travel guide presentation to share with the class. Not only do kids learn about the climate and geography of a biome, but also the culture, flora, and fauna of the area. 

Biome Bags

Students model a biome. In this lesson on biomes, students are given cards that represent the organisms in a biome. Students gather information about their make-believe biomes and draw conclusions about their biome.

Exploring Biomes Lesson 1: Mapping Biomes

Environmental science learners examine satellite imagery of temperature, vegetation, precipitation, and productivity. They use these maps to understand how scientists divide the planet into major biomes. As part of a larger unit on biomes, this lesson is a vital piece. 

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 activity.

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.

Measuring Precipitation

A little engineering design is mixed into this lesson plan on precipitation measurement. Groups plan and construct a rain gauge, and use it to collect precipitation. As part of the PowerPoint presentation, learners view a satellite map of worldwide rainfall and learn about the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Groups critique their designs and then view a short video about why meteorologists evaluate rainfall. This is a fresh addition to a unit on water or weather.

Biomes: Google Presentations

Young scholars research different biomes and their habitats, locations on a map, human interruptions, climate, and more. In this biomes lesson plan, students submit their presentations in groups and on Google.

What on Earth is a Biome?

Students explore organisms and their environments. They examine change over time demonstrate an understanding of physical positions on Earth. They survey earth's diversity, write a report, fill in a data table created on the computer, and create a world map, color keying the seven biomes onto the map.

Biomes in a Box

Students design a three dimensional model of a biome. They include both biotic and abiotic factors that are in that biome, and write a description of all of the important characteristics of the biome.

Biomes in a Box

Fourth graders describe biomes. In this environmental lesson plan, 4th graders build a model of a biome using everyday materials to represent the biotic, abiotic, and  the terrain elements unique to the biome.

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