This STEM activity can be used as an introduction to a biome unit or a culminating activity at the end of the unit. There are 4 different activities included in this lesson. The directions for each are listed below:
PowerPoint Rubric: Students will be randomly given a biome to research. Students will work in groups to research and create a powerpoint presentation on a biome using the rubric provided. In doing their research and learning about the environment and inhabitants of the biome, students will also create a made-up animal that displays some of the adaptations that would help it survive in the habitat. Students can use google slides or powerpoint to work on this activity.
Diorama: In addition to a powerpoint, student groups will create a diorama as a replica of their biome. This will be used in an art walk where students will rotate around the room to view and evaluate one another’s work. Students will use the diorama rubric to help guide them in the construction.
Art Walk: When students are finished creating their diorama, they will be placed around the room for students to rotate through, view, and evaluate. The diorama’s should remain anonymous and not include the type of biome. Each biome will have a number on it to help identify it. Student groups will rotate through the room to evaluate each biome diorama by completing the Art Walk Chart. They will use the information from the diorama to try and identify which biome it represents. (Art Walk Chart should be run off back and front)
Presentation Notes: After students have completed the biome art walk, student groups will present their powerpoints and dioramas to the class. As each group presents, they will review their Art Walk Chart to see if they identified the biomes correctly, as well as take notes on the powerpoints from each group. (Notes Chart should be run off back and front)