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									                                   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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