Science 10 Biome Unit Project
Ms. Nelson / Mr. Mah
How do ecosystems teach us about our interconnectedness with Nature?.... sharing? survival? interconnectedness?
Things to think about as you research your biome:
If we understand our place in Nature, will we make better decisions about our actions as they affect all species, including ourselves?
All species connect in ways that help us survive, and we can learn from other species how to survive without harming others.
The way we live now leaves little opportunity to interact with nature and understand our place in the world.
Part 1: Information about your Biome
1. Location - Where would I go to find this biome and what will I find when I get there? - countries, latitudes, elevation, ocean currents, weather patterns, etc. http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/testmaps/maps.htm
2. Biotic and Abiotic Factors - What kinds of plants and animals will I expect to see here? - Please make sure this is labelled on your diorama so as not to distract from the overall appearance - i.e. colour coding/legend and include 4 or more of each abiotic and biotic examples that are specific to your biome - could be labelled on a photo of your biome 3D project.
3. Climate/Climatograph - What kind of clothes would I need to bring here? - What is the weather like here every month? Precipitation, temperature, etc. - you need to provide data and create a climatograph. Please follow these instructions:
1. Select a city from where your biome is located.
2. Copy down the climate data for temperature and precipitation for Jan.- Dec.
3. Open Excel spread sheet and highlight 3 columns and label Month,Temp C.,Precip. mm
4. Fill in all the climate data for the 12 months
5. Highlight the data info and then select Chart make 2 column chart
6. Right click Bar for series 1 and change to red (temp)
7. Right click Bar for series 2 and change to blue(precip)
8. Right click on 2nd bar - change series type to a line
9. Right click on line and select FORMAT DATA Series select Secondary Axis
10. Label Axis go to Chart Tools at the top of the screen choose LAYOUT choose Axis Titles
4. Relationships - What is the ecosystem like here and how does it affect me in the community, population and habitat? Use either Graphic Organizer - Circles or Pyramid.
5. Food Web/Energy Pyramid - How does energy in this biome work? i.e. What are the Predator and Prey relationships? How does the food web look when converted into an energy pyramid -energy/ food chain from top to bottom - trophic levels correctly identified. http://www.vtaide.com/png/foodweb.htm
Part 2: 3D Component - Diorama
Once you have been assigned a Biome your second task is to create a 3-D representation of your biome as it would appear if you were to visit. You can use any materials depending on your choice of representation - objects, pictures, poster background you have added layers or 3D, box, aquarium, large jar, 3 sided construction etc...(no larger than your desk).
1. Paint, paper or colour the inside to match your biome in any way you wish.
2. Add geographical features to make it look like your biome, (mountains, rivers, sand dunes etc....)
Use modeling clay, toothpicks, sand,rocks,water containers, fake snow, gel crystals etc....
3. Add plant and animals specific to your biome. Use 3-D figurines, real plants, pictures propped
on stands etc.....
Part 3: Presenting My Project
Written information for your project can be provided in several ways. Before you decide how to present your information check the marking criteria list so you know what mark you might expect for your efforts.
Ideas for presenting your written information from Part 1:
children's book / story board
slide show/ powerpoint
graphic organizers - i.e. Inspiration
World Biomes - lots of great information on biomes
Introduction to Biomes Provides text-based information on the following biomes: tundra, boreal forest (taiga), temperate forest, tropical forest, tropical savannah, desert, grasslands, and Mediterranean scrub. Most suitable for senior students due to the language difficulty and detail.
All About Nature: Biomes and Habitats An easy to read introduction to biomes and habitats. Information sheets on the various animals are printable and very easy to read. Suitable for ESL students and upper elementary students. Categories include: Arctic, Antarctic, Desert, Tundra, Chaparral, Taiga, Coniferous Forest, Temperate Deciduous Forest, Grassland, Savanna, Prairie, Tropical Rainforest, Pond, Swamp, Ocean, Intertidal zone, and Coral reef.
Ecosystems Provides images and information on the following biomes or ecosystems: mountain, tundra, temperate forest, marine, desert, tropical dry forest, cold climate forest, grassland, savannah, and tropical rainforest.
The World’s Biomes Provides extensive text-based information for the following biomes: aquatic, deserts, forests, grasslands, and tundra. Most suitable for senior students due to the language difficulty and complexity of the information presented.
Earth Floor: Biomes Provides basic information on 6 biomes - Arctic tundra, Deciduous forest, Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Tropical Savanna, and Taiga. Includes discussions of animals and plants native to the area, plus instructions on how to read a climate graph that is included for each biome.
What's it Like Where You Live? Provides extensive information about each biome as told by students who live in the area. Biomes include the rainforest, tundra, taiga, desert, temperate forest, and grassland. Includes links to related sites.
eNature This multimedia site provides information on over 4800 North American plants and animals, as well as habitats and biomes. Includes an opportunity to ask specific questions of an online naturalist.
Franklin Institute Online - Living Things An extensive site with huge number of links on plants and animals. The section on Individuals covers anatomy & physiology; Families covers the classification system; Neighborhoods covers ecosystems, biomes, habitats; and the Circle of Life covers life cycles of plants and animals.
Marine Biology Explorations Provides a wide variety of links for the study of the ocean biome, along with its inhabitants, currents, tides, etc. Includes information about careers in marine biology. Some sites are very academic in nature and more suitable to teachers, while others suitable for students.
Coral Realm Provides information and links on the coral reef biome and ecosystem. Includes an encyclopedia of fish, an invertebrate guide, feature articles, a shark encyclopedia, photographs and videos on the coral reefs of the world.
Marine Biology Provides information and photographs for a wide variety of topics in marine biology. Includes algae, seaweeds, extinct marine life, marine ecosystems, marine invertebrates, marine vertebrates, and plankton. Each articles uses hyperlinks to lead to additional information.
Looking at the Sea: Physical Features of the Ocean Provides information and graphics on the physical features of the ocean and the ocean floor. Includes a discussion of plate tectonics and continental drift. Links to related sites.
Global Forest Provides the latin names and information about various tree species, both broadleaf and conifers. The Research section contains information on vairous forest biomes and ecosystems.
Africa: Explore the Regions: Sahara Information about the world's largest desert, whose "size defies imagination: 3.3 million square miles or around 25 percent of Africa." Includes information about human inhabitants (such as the Tuareg, "a semi-nomadic group known for their salt caravans and distinctive blue veils"), and the ecosystem (plants, animals, topography, rainfall).
Endangered Species Provides a wide variety of links to images and fact sheets for endangered species in the US and the world. Includes information on extinctions, lesson plans & activities, and interactive sites especially for kids.
Endangered Species of the Next Millennium This webquest created by students for students profiles over 75 animals. Includes explanations of their current situation world wide, their behaviour, diet, feeding, breeding, conservation and other interesting facts about each animal. Animals are sorted by name, genus, species and distribution. The Media Gallery features images and movies of rare wildlife.
CITE YOUR SOURCES
Be sure to cite your sources using the following web link - set up a page and cite your sources each time you record
World Climate Graphs
Climate Graph Example
Climate is the weather a place has over a long period of time (50 years). Weather may change each day, but climate is the type of weather that people expect for the region in which they live. This is a climate graph. The blue bars show the precipitation by month. The precipitation scale is on the left The red dots on the curved line show the temperature by month. The temperature scale is on the right.