Biome Project Students will work in cooperative groups of 5 to find the following information in order to create a report and a biome model: My Biome is _____________________________________. My Scientist Role is _______________________________. You must create a binder, brochure, poster, or PowerPoint to be presented in class that includes all of the following information. A one-page (minimum) handout must be included that summarizes all of the following information. Participant Roles: 1. Meteorologist – collects information on the weather and the climate of the biome. a. Describe the weather for each season in your biome and graph temperature and precipitation changes. b. Describe the climate of your biome. c. Create charts and graphs comparing altitudes and climates of biomes (Chapter 17, Section 3 and library research). d. Find music to compliment your biome. e. Explain 3 additional interesting facts about your biome. 2. Sociologist – collects information on the animals, insects, and birds that live in the biome and any special adaptation. Botanist – collects information on the types of plants (vegetation) that live in the biome and any special adaptation that plants would undergo to live in that particular biome. a. Create a food web using organisms from your biome showing the energy patterns of movement throughout the biome (Chapter 17). Include at least 10 plants and animals and label which are producers, consumers, predators, scavengers, and decomposers (you must have one of each type). b. Describe 5 plants and 5 animals that can be found in your biome and any special adaptations that they undergo to live in your biome (Chapter 17). c. Find at least two species (plant or animal) in your biome that have become endangered or extinct due to human activities and explain why (Chapter 19). 3. Environmentalist – collects information on the environment, impacts of human activities, and population of species. a. Describe resources that exist in or around the major city in your biome (i.e. timber to make paper mills). b. Discuss the environmental impacts on the biome as a result of human activities, both positive and negative (i.e. positive – limitations on fishing to prevent over- fishing; negative – more and more trees are being cut down to make paper) (Chapter 19). c. Find at least two species (plant or animal) in your biome that have become endangered or extinct due to human activities and explain why (Chapter 19). 4. Geographer – collects information on the types of landforms, culture, and physical factors found in the biome. Also collects information about the maps, regions, and locations of the biome. a. Locate a major city the biome. b. Graph the population growth of the city over the past 50 years (example on p. 623). c. Describe the topography (landforms) of your biome. d. Create a world map showing your biome (example on p. 573; provided in class). e. What ethnicities are in your biome? (i.e. Americans, Russians, Indians, etc.) *Note: Each group member must assume one of these roles. Biome Model: You will construct your biome in a box that accurately depicts what you would see. All supplies needed to complete the model will be brought in by the students. 1. Include plants found in the biome. 2. Include animals found in the biome. 3. Include the climate of your biome. 4. Include the topography of your biome. Biome project timeline 17/B - Receive 18/G - Receive biome handout biome handout and choose and choose groups and biome groups and biome 21 – no school 22/B – Library 23/G – Library 24/B – Library 25/G – Library time to complete time to complete time to complete time to complete research research research research 28/B – Work in 29/G – Work in 30/B – Work in 31/G – Work in 1/Charger – class with group class with group class with group class with group SCIENCE to put project to put project to put project to put project PROJECTS DUE pieces together pieces together pieces together pieces together Blue classes – and work on and work on and work on and work on review sheet for biome model biome model biome model biome model test Green classes – finishing touches on biome 4/B- Handout 5/G – Teacher at 6/G- Present 7/B – Present 8/B– Present due, Present training. Science Projects Biome Project Biome Project Science Projects Handout due, work on review sheet 11/B – Review 12/G – Review 13/B – 14/B – 15/C – Test for Ecosystems for Ecosystems Ecosystems Test Ecosystems Test corrections Test Test *Biome presentations will be February 7 and 8. Models will be turned in at the time of your presentation.
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