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The Six Major Land Biomes: A Science Unit and Research Project (Common Core)

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With so much focus and energy being placed on test scores these days, especially in Language Arts, it’s nearly impossible to have the time to teach the entire science curriculum. The Common Core State Standards have provided an excellent way for teachers to integrate Science into English Language Arts. The Six Major Land Biomes: A Science Unit and Research Project is the perfect way to do just that. This unit covers the following biomes, but you could easily add your own: Tundra, Taiga (Boreal Forest), Grassland, Desert, Tropical Rain Forest, Deciduous (Temperate) Forest.

I’ve taken the objectives for this particular unit and turned them into a cross-curricular, rich unit that incorporates the science concepts with informational reading, informative/explanatory writing, and the speaking and listening skills. Working collaboratively, students will research one of the six major biomes. Using their research, students will create a brochure and 3D model and will present their information to a group of peers.

In this unit, students act as travel agents that have been hired by a new travel agency. Their task is to research a specific biome (this may be student-chosen, or assigned) in order to be able to persuade potential travelers to want to visit the biome. More instructions are given in the instruction letter.

With the materials given, this unit could last anywhere from two to four weeks. However, it can easily be modified, lengthened, or condensed to meet the needs of the teacher and students.

This 43-page resource includes:

• suggestions for teaching the unit
• Common Core State Standards that will be met within the unit
• Science objectives
• List of suggested books to use for research and/or guided reading
• Form letters to students (with examples)
• Various student handouts
• Two different note-taking organizers
• Introduction/information page on biomes
• Notes page on animal adaptations
• Options for extra credit (or for students that just want to go above and beyond the expectations)
• Presentation rubric
• End-of-unit test (with answer key)
• 6 colorful Biome Posters/Signs

When you download this item, I would appreciate your feedback. :)

Here's to a great, successful year! ~Tanya Rae Designs
http://tanyaraedotdotdot.blogspot.com/
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This was a life saver! I wanted to put together a comprehensive land biome project. This product included absolutely everything my students needed from beginning to end. Thank you!!
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This is great! I've been looking for something on biomes and am sooo glad I found this. This will be my first time teaching this unit and this is such a wonderful help!! Thanks!!! :)
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You can do it!!!! My students have always loved this unit! Good luck!
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My 5th grade class is having such a wonderful time working on this project!! thank you
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I'm so glad to hear that! Thanks!
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On  April 28, 2013,  Buyer said:
This is a great resource! I love that literally all of the work is done for me :) I have done biome projects in the past with my students...and was stressing about re-vamping my previous materials. This resource saved me a lot of time!! Thanks :)
On  June 12, 2013Tanya Rae Designs answered:
Super! I love being able to save time for someone else. I know how precious it is. My students come back to me every year to tell me how much they loved this project/unit. I hope you have the same response with your class.
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This seems really awesome! This is exactly what I was looking for to close out my Science this year. I was afraid I would have to make something myself. I love that you even suggested books for each biome, so I can give title suggestions to the parents for the library. Can't wait to use this.
On  April 14, 2013Tanya Rae Designs answered:
Thanks, April! I'm really glad you like it. I'm actually going to turn this into a mini summer school course for this summer! I already have students excited to sign up!
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My students and I LOVE this project. I use it with my intervention class, which has many students with IEPs. They work on this independently while I see small groups. It is very structured with guiding questions to help them. Even my "toughest" students have enjoyed this project!
On  March 13, 2013Tanya Rae Designs answered:
Jen, you just made my day! I LOVE hearing stories like this, and knowing that a project that I created to engage and inspire my students has reached others, feels SO rewarding. Thanks so much for purchasing and using this with students, and for your kind words. :)
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On  February 10, 2013,  Deaneen K. said:
I was adapting it for 3rd grade. It would have been easier to use if the note gathering pages matched the note organizer "rough draft" pages. Overall, very thorough and included things that I have not included in my previous biome research projects.
On  February 20, 2013Tanya Rae Designs answered:
I'm glad you were able to adapt this to fit your needs. I guess I'm not sure what you are referring to when you mention the note gathering pages and the note organizer "rough draft" pages. In this resource, I've included two different note-taking organizers, as stated in the description. I provided them, thinking the teacher/students could choose the one that best suites them. If you have a specific suggestion, or could clarify this for me, I would be happy to add something to better fit your needs. My email is TanyaRaeDesigns@hotmail.com. Thanks!
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On  January 28, 2013,  Buyer said:
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I hope you and your students have as much fun with this unit as we have! Thanks for purchasing!
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On  January 18, 2013,  Larinda A. said:
Awesome resource!
On  January 18, 2013Tanya Rae Designs answered:
I'm so glad you like it. My students LOVE this unit! I've had students come to me three years later and ask, "Do you still do the Biome Travel Agency unit?" I love that! Have fun with it.
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On  December 11, 2012Tanya Rae Designs answered:
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On  November 12, 2012Tanya Rae Designs answered:
You are so very welcome! This was one of my students' favorite units in science! I only wish I was teaching 5th grade again to use this. It helps to know that other students are! :)
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Very useful for my 7th grade student working at a 3rd grade level. I have to modify all curriculum and this pairs nicely with the current grade level curriculum.
On  November 5, 2012Tanya Rae Designs answered:
Great! I am so happy that you could use this for your student. I wish you and your student much success with this unit/resource! :)
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On  September 9, 2012,  Kristin F. said:
Great research project with lots of information included!
On  September 10, 2012Tanya Rae Designs answered:
Glad you can use it!
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On  May 15, 2013,  Kathleen M. asked:
Hi Tanya,
I bought this wonderful unit and my class in having a ball with it....just wondered if you could correct the spelling of Deciduous on the poster. I didn't notice it but of course the students did!!
Thank you!
Kathy
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On  May 16, 2013Tanya Rae Designs answered:
Thanks SO much for bringing this to my attention, Kathy! I can't believe I missed that! I just corrected the mistake and uploaded the newest file. I sincerely apologize.
On  April 10, 2013Idea Backpack - April Walker (TpT Seller) asked:
I just wanted to mention that since the document is a Word Document, the images are not protected. I also found a few of the pages I had to correct spacing issues. You may want to make the download a pdf.
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On  April 10, 2013Tanya Rae Designs answered:
Oh my! Thanks so much for telling me. I thought I had uploaded a PDF version. I'm off to change this now. Thanks again!
On  December 2, 2012Quinnessential Lessons (TpT Seller) asked:
Which 6 Biomes are included in this product?

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On  December 3, 2012Tanya Rae Designs answered:
Oh, what a great question! Thanks for asking. I never thought to put that in my description. Talk about missing the obvious! :) This unit has materials for the following biomes (you could easily add your own): Taiga [Boreal Forest], Tundra, Tropical Rain Forest, Desert, Grassland, and Deciduous Forest [Temperate].
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The Six Major Land Biomes: A Science Unit and Research Pro
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The Six Major Land Biomes: A Science Unit and Research Pro