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Biome Zoo Design: A Scientific and Geographic Webquest Introduction A large, environmental organization has hired our class to study and design 8 Biome zoos for the preservation of species and the enjoyment and education of visitors. This organization would like to bring people to their zoos to educate the public about Biomes and the interdependence of living organisms and the environment. The Task Each study team will choose a world biome (Rainforest, Temperate Deciduous Forest, Boreal Forest or Taiga, Chaparral, Grassland, Savannah, Desert and Tundra) and make a presentation to the organization's Board of Directors recommending the proposed location of the biome zoo, the animals and plants to be included, a comprehensive design of the facility and an economic feasibility study based on access, transportation and available lodging. The Process Each study team will: Conduct research on their Biome using the Internet Resources provided, and any other library resources, focusing on animal and plant species’, climate and weather, one endangered species, and the benefits inherent in the selection of the host city. Research notes will be evaluated. Make selections of plants (at least 5 types) animals (at least 3 large and medium sized animals and 3 small animals), and 2 birds to include in their Biome Zoo. Each group must also include an endangered species that is from their Biome. Choose the appropriate geographic location in or near a city that can provide not only access, but transportation and lodging. Factors to consider are: political stability (safety), an international airport, public transportation, a variety of expensive to inexpensive lodging, and other points of interest to the zoo visitors. (Numbers 1-3 should take 2 weeks or 6 class sessions. Each student’s research notes and participation will be given points at the end of this research phase.) Design a zoo for your plants and animals on large graph paper using colored pencils. Consider the animal needs and requirements and those of your visitors. Scan the finished drawing into your Power Point presentation. (This should be done as homework during the 2nd and 3rd week of the project) Create a Power Point presentation of their proposal that includes a description of the biome, its plants and animals, the basic design of the zoo and the reasoning behind their selection of the host city (this should include factors related to accessibility, transportation, lodging, etc.) Give an oral presentation to the Board (Teacher and Librarian), using their Power Point presentation. Each student must have a role in the presentation. (Number 6 should take ½ week or two class sessions Open-note Exam (Number 7 should take 1 class session after a review period) Resources Blue Planet Biomes Earth Floor Biomes Introduction to Biomes World Biomes Biomes - UC Berkeley Biomes Earth Observatory - NASA Zoo Designs Zoos Worldwide Evaluation Each student will be given up to 20 participation points based on the rubric below. Each student will receive up to 20 group-points based on the PowerPoint Rubric. Each student will receive up to 10 points for their zoo design Each student will receive up to 20 individual points based on the Presentation Rubric. Each student will earn up to 30 points based on a project-ending, open note examination based on all of the presentations. Participation Rubric Excellent Good Fair Poor The student is actively The student stays The student is only The student is rarely and creatively involved in the partially involved or involved or negatively involved in the planning, research reluctant in the planning, impacts the planning, planning, research (including notes) and research (including notes) research (including notes) (including notes) and completion of the and completion of the and completion of the completion of the project and its project and its project and its project and its presentation. presentation. presentation. presentation. The student misses The student misses 2 The student misses 3 class The student misses 4 or one or no class work class work sessions. work sessions. more class work sessions. sessions. 20 points 15 points 10 points 5 points PowerPoint Rubric Excellent Good Fair Poor The Presentation covers The Presentation almost all of the topics The Presentation covers The Presentation barely covers all the topics outlined in the some of the topics covers the topics outlined outlined in the "Process" section and outlined in the "Process" in the "Process" section "Process" section and generally relates section but information is and information is poorly relates important and important and somewhat vague and organized and interesting information interesting information uninteresting. uninteresting. about each. about each. The Presentation The Presentation shows The Presentation shows shows an excellent The Presentation shows a working knowledge only a passing knowledge knowledge of only a passing knowledge of PowerPoint is fun to of PowerPoint, is PowerPoint is exciting of PowerPoint, is view and generally uninteresting to watch and and fun to view and disorganized and conveys helps viewers conveys little to the enhances the viewer's very little information of understanding of the viewer's understanding of understanding of the interest designated Biome. the designated Biome. designated Biome. 20 points 15 points 10 points 5 points Oral Presentation Rubric Excellent Good Fair Poor The student is The student demonstrates knowledgeable about only a basic knowledge The student is well their topic and is able to about their topic and has prepared, poised, and able convey their information trouble conveying their to convey their information in an organized manner. information in an The student is unable to in a lucid and organized Their presentation is organized manner. Their make an oral presentation manner. Their presentation fairly thorough in scope, oral presentation is not using the Power Point as is thorough in scope, and is and is supported by the synchronized with the support. well-integrated with the Power Point Power Point presentation Power Point presentation. presentation with only a and there are a number of couple of timing and/or timing and/or technological glitches. technological glitches. 20 points 15 points 10 points 0 points Conclusion Each student is responsible for attentively listening, taking notes and learning about each Biome that is presented in the class. We will conclude this project by taking an open-note exam based on all of the Biome Zoo presentations.
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