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					A walk Through the Biome Book Project
Goal: Your goal is to use the research process in order to gather information and artifacts for a
children’s book about a particular biome.

Role: You will play the role of a freelance writer in which you will collect and organize information
and artifacts for a new children’s book. You will be in competition with other writers to have your
book published.

Audience: Your audience will be your book editor (your teacher)

Situation: Most parents and teachers agree that good children’s literature is hard to find. Books
written for young children often fall into one of two categories: They are basic fact books that are
boring and have no entertainment value at all or they are the exact opposite, they have no
educational value at all. Children need books that are both entertaining and educational at the same
time. Parents and teachers want these types of books for their children. Book sales are extremely
low for your book company. You have been asked to help your company stay in business by
creating an educational yet entertaining book that parents and teachers will buy for their children.
Your challenge is to design a book that will captivate young readers and help them learn about a
particular biome or region on earth. You will use the research process to gather information and
artifacts that can be used in your children’s book

Product Performance and Purpose: You will create an illustrated children’s book that details your
research findings. This book should include not just facts and information about your biome but also
your own ideas, story line, and characters that young children would find entertaining. Remember
you are trying to sell books that students as well as parents and teachers would buy.

Standards and Criteria for Success: Use the checklist to develop your children’s book. Your book
needs to include at least 8 illustrations. One of these illustrations should be a representation of your
biome’s landscape. It must include analysis and synthesis of the unique characteristics of your
biome that clearly communicates to readers what they can expect as they travel the biome. You
should include information about your biome’s climate. You should also include information about
the native plants and animals found within your biome. Your book will need to include points of
interest, dangers to the biome, and information about the people that live there. Your book should
not have any spelling or grammatical errors. Remember that you are trying to sell books! Don’t just
state facts. Make the facts part of your story. This project has been laid out for you with a checklist
of what should be included on each page of the story (these do not have to be in order). Your story
needs to be written in complete sentences. Be as creative as possible (creativity is included in your
grade). You are creating a story not a fact book! Create an interesting story in which information
about the biome is incorporated. You may use more pages than what are included in the checklist.
Pictures should be colored neatly and be detailed to describe your biome. THIS IS A TEST
GRADE.
Title Page (2 points)
      Name of your Biome
      Your Name
      A picture that well defines your Biome- Get creative here! Think about a clever way that illustrates
       the characteristics that defines your biome.

Page One- Best time of year to visit (8 points)
      Describe what types of clothes to pack (be as descriptive as possible, all the way down to the shoes!)
      When should you plan to visit and explain why? What will the climate be like when you arrive, what
       is it like during the months you avoided visiting? When would you leave?
      Illustration of what’s in your suitcase.

Page Two- Map it out (10 points)
      Include a map of where your biome is located around the world. Color the areas where your biome is
       located.
           o Locate on your map the specific location you plan on visiting with a dotted line showing the
                path the plane will fly to get there from where you are located now.

Page Three- At first Glance! (Abiotic Factors) (20 points)
      Describe what you see when you arrive or as you are flying over (the terrain, the soil, water,
       elevation, temperature, precipitation). BE DESCRIPTIVE! Draw a picture illustrating the area that
       you described.
           o Terrain- The land, Soil, Water availability, Elevation, Picture

Page Four- It’s Alive! (15 points)
      Describe at least 5 types of plants you see and be descriptive when speaking about them. What
       characteristics do the specific plants you listed have that allow them to live in this biome?
           o 5 plants with specific adaptations to the chosen biome
           o Pictures that explain the adaptations

Page Five- It’s Alive (15 points)
      Describe at least 5 types animals you see and be descriptive when speaking about them. What
       characteristics do the specific animals you listed have that allow them to live in this biome?
           o 5 animals with specific adaptations to the chosen biome
           o Pictures that explain the adaptations

Page Six- The People (10 points)
      What country are you in? Describe the people around you.
         o What language spoken in this country?
         o What is a common meal you might eat during your visit that is popular in this country?
         o What is a popular activity/ hobby/ or sport in this country
         o Draw a picture that describes the people found in this country.

Page 7- Dedication Page (20 points)
      I dedicate this book to the _________________ (your biome) Biome because…
           o Explain the importance of protecting your biome?
           o What human activity is endangering your biome?
           o What resources do humans rely on from your biome?
           o What can we do to help protect this biome?

				
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