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� DAILY LESSON PLAN � Teacher’s Name: Date: Lesson Title: Biomes & Endangered Species Report Subject/Course: 5th Grade Science Time: Grade: Ecology STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVE(S): 6.5.B.2.b 6.5.B.2.c 3.5.A.1a 3.5.A.1b Engage: Ask students: What is a biome? As a class come up with a working definition of a biome. What are some biomes we have on Earth? Make a list on the board as students name them. Exploration: 1. Distribute student handout. 2. Read over the directions with students. 3. Divide the students into groups of four, and assign each group a different biome to study. 4. Explain the each group will become the biome “experts” and present a report on their biome. 5. In addition students will report on an endangered species that lives in that particular biome and include information such as how it became endangered and what can be done to save it from extinction. 6. Give students the option of presenting their reports in either a written report or as Power Point presentation. Explanation: 1. Allow time for your students to conduct their research their biomes. 2. Evaluate: Use the rubric below Advance Prep: • Gather information about the world’s biomes Familiarization with Power Point program List of Materials: computers with internet access Construction paper Markers, color pencils or crayons Biomes & Endangered Species Report Goal: Conduct research and report on one of the world’s major biomes as well as an endangered species that lives there. Your presentation can be in the form of a written report or a Power Point presentation. To Do: 1. Use the internet and other resources to conduct research on your biome and on an endangered species that lives in that biome. a. The general features and conditions of the biome. Where would you find your biome? What are some major abiotic factors that affect life in this habitat (rainfall, temperature ranges, soil type)? b. At least three types of plant life that is typical of or common in this biome. How have these animals adapted to the conditions of the biome? c. Information about an endangered species living in the biome. What are the common and scientific names of your species? What does it look like (size, color, weight)? What does it eat and how does it get its food? Who are its natural predators? What is threatening the species? Approximately how many such species are left in the world? What contribution does your species make to the world? How is your species being helped or protected from extinction? In your opinion, what is the best solution to help protect your species further? 2. If you decide to go with a written report, you can choose to present it as a mini- book, magazine, or pop-up book. Divide your report into four sections according to the information above. 3. If you decide to go with a Power Point presentation, your presentation should include: a. Title with the name of your biome b. Each group’s member c. At least one slide for each of the four sections according to the above information. d. Include pictures, graphs, charts and any other information. Biomes & Endangered Species Rubric Written Report/ Power Point Score Does your report include general information as well as details about the biome (Where it can be found, what factors/conditions of the biome affect life in this habitat? Does it list up to 3 types of plants that live in the biome? Does it list up to three types of animals that live in the biome? Does it explain how these life-forms have adapted to conditions of the biome? Does it talk about an endangered species that lives in this biome? Does it include relevant information about the endangered species, such as its name, what it looks like, what it eats, and how it gets its food, why it is endangered, and so on? Does it discuss how this endangered species is being protected from extinction? Does your report include your opinion about how best to protect this species and its environment? Is your report typed neatly? Are important vocabulary words used and spelled correctly.
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