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A Biomes Webquest

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Introduction

A biome is a major geographical region, composed of plants and animals that are adapted to the region's physical environment, including weather and climate.  The biomes that will be studied in this Webquest are: 
        Desert, Grassland, Rainforest, Taiga, Temperate Forest, and Tundra.

Task

You can either pick one of the biomes listed above, or your teacher will assign one.  You are a member of the "Chamber of Commerce" for your biome.  Your job is to provide information about your biome and encourage people to visit or move to your biome.  You can work individually or in teams.  Find out the following information about your biome:

  • climate and weather (annual high and low temperature, average precipitation, types of weather)

  • animals  (endangered and non-endangered species)

  • vegetation (major trees, shrubs, plants, crops)

  • landforms (mountains, rivers)

  • geographic location of the biome throughout the world

  • places of interest 

Process

Visit the web resources to find information about your biome.  You can use the BIOME WORKSHEET to record your information.  After you have gathered information, answer the following questions about your biome (you can use the BIOME QUESTION SHEET to record your answers).

  • Why is your biome important?

  • What are some reasons people might want to visit your biome?

  • What might happen if your biome didn't exist?

As you answer these questions, you may begin to work on a Poster presentation designed to provide information about your biome and to encourage people to visit your biome.  Each member of the team should be responsible for at least two posters in the presentation.  The presentation should consist of:

  • A title poster with the name of your biome and the team members

  • A poster telling/showing where the biome is located

  • A climate/weather poster

  • A poster or posters about major animals

  • A poster or posters about vegetation (natural and cultivated)

  • A poster about major landforms

  • A poster or posters describing places of interest

  • A poster encouraging visitors (perhaps with a slogan)

  • A poster  citing your sources

 

Before working at the computer, you should plan your poster on note cards or the PRESENTATION PLANNING FORM, using a format similar to the samples.  Once you have created your poster presentation, you will need to decide how you will present it.  Divide up the presentation information and practice before you present to the whole class.  In addition to the poster presentation (depending on how much time you have), your team could also create  a brochure about your biome.

 

Resources

General Information
All About Nature: Biomes   http://www.allaboutnature.com/biomes/pond/pondlife.shtml
Biomes: http://www.furman.edu/~worthen/biomes/map.htm
Biome Links: http://rmhs.dist214.k12.il.us/classes/lepbilscience/biome.html
The Evergreen Project Adventures: http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/index.htm
Introduction to Biomes: http://www.runet.edu/~swoodwar/CLASSES/GEOG235/biomes/intro.html
     (If you get a window asking for a password, click on "Cancel")
Mission: Biomes: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Laboratory/Biome/ 
Neighborhoods; Ecosystems, Biomes, and Habitats: http//www.fi.edu/tfi/units/life/habitat/habitat.html
The World's Biomes: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/index.html

Citing Sources
Citing Internet Sources - Classroom Connect: http://www.classroom.com/community/connection/howto/citeresources.jhtml
Yahooligans! Teachers' Guide: http://www.yahooligans.com/tg/citation.html 

Encyclopedias
Compton's Online: http://www.optonline.com/comptons/index.html
Electric Library's Free Encyclopedia: http://www.encyclopedia.com
Information Please: http://www.infoplease.com

Animal Pictures
All About Nature: Biomes   http://www.allaboutnature.com/biomes/pond/pondlife.shtml

Maps
Biomes of the World: http//www.snowcrest.net/geography/slides/biomes/index.html 
Graphic Maps Free Clip Art    http://www.graphicmaps.com/clipart.htm
World Biome Locations: http://www.furman.edu/~worthen/biomes/map.htm

Specific Biomes
Desert Images: http://miragemall.com/desertjpegs/imagesf.htm
Desert: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/deserts.html
Desert Life: http://www.desertusa.com/life.html 
Desert Topics: http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/desert/ 
The Living Desert: http://www.livingdesert.org/home.html

Grassland Biome: http://www.southafrica.net/tourism/grassland.html
Grasslands: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/grasslan.html
Grasslands: http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/grasslnd/ 
Grassland Explorer: http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/grassland/ 
Grassland Thinkquest: http://library.thinkquest.org/11353/grassland.htm 

Rainforest: http://www.interlog.com/~rainfrst/home.html
Rainforest: http://www.toucansam.kelloggs.ca/eng/enter.htm
Rainforest Information: http://www.rain.org/info_center/index.htm
Virtual Rainforest: http://www.shs.org/rainforest/rainforest.html

Taiga: http://www.runet.edu/~swoodwar/CLASSES/GEOG235/biomes/taiga/taiga.html

Tundra, the Not-So Barren Land: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/tundra.html

Evaluation

Very Good to Outstanding
    A completed biomes worksheet 
    Thoughtful answers to the questions
    A well constructed PowerPoint presentation (with a minimum of 10 slides)
    An interesting and persuasive delivery of the presentation (clear, rehearsed)
    Evidence of teamwork
    A posture or brochure

Average to Good:
    A completed biomes worksheet
    Fairly thoughtful answers to the questions
    A PowerPoint presentation (with a minimum of 10 slides)
    A somewhat persuasive delivery of the presentation
    Evidence of teamwork

Poor to Fair:
    An incomplete biomes worksheet
    Partial answers to questions
    A PowerPoint presentation with less than 10 slides
    Poor delivery of the presentation (rambling, unclear, unrehearsed)
    Little evidence of teamwork

 

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Biome Worksheet
(Print out; or select all, copy, and paste into a word processing program.  Save it and use this sheet to record information.)

Name of Biome___________________________

Team Members _______________________________________  Date _______

Climate/Weather

range:________________   annual precipitation__________

types of weather:

Animals

endangered:

non-endangered:

Vegetation

natural:

cultivated:

Landforms

Geographic Location

 

 

 

Places of Interest

(Check the links listed on the left menu bar for each biome in the Evergreen Project)

 

Biomes Questions Sheet
(Print out; or select all, copy, and paste into a word processing program.  Save it and use this sheet to record answers.)

Biome________________________________________

Team members _____________________________________    Date _________

1.    Why is your biome important? (include important resources.)

2.    What are some reasons people might want to visit your biome? (include interesting sites, landforms, cultures, outdoor activities, climate information, etc.)

3.    What might happen if your biome didn't exist?

 

 

Presentation Planning Form
(Print out; or select all, copy, and paste into a word processing program.  Save it and use this sheet to plan your poster presentation.)

Biome ____________________________________

Team Members _______________________________________

poster # _____

 

 

poster # _____

 

 

 

 

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