This complete 5E instructional sequence introduces Earth’s biomes and uses these as a vehicle through which to teach biotic and abiotic factors and address the Next Generation Science Standard MS-LS2-1. It is the first unit in my NGSS-aligned Middle School Life Science Curriculum (coming soon), but it can easily be incorporated into any curriculum. Activities expect students to read, discuss, use technology, analyze data, and conduct research. Five days of complete lesson plans are included in both PDF and editable Word formats. Some assignments, such as the Biome In A Box project or the Human Activity and Biomes Workbook, are intended to be completed at home. Otherwise, students may need additional time to work through the full instructional sequence.
MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Science and Engineering Practices:
Analyzing and Interpreting Data: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for a phenomena.
Cause and Effect: Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems.
What’s Included in Biomes (NGSS MS-LS2-1)?
✻ Engage: Biome Breakdown/Can A Cactus Live Here?
✻ Explore: Identifying Factors In a Biome; Biome Explore Stations
✻ Explain: Factors In A Biome Presentation; Cause and Effect Relationships Presentation
✻ Elaborate: Cause and Effect Prediction Cards;
✻ Evaluate: Exit Tickets; Biomes Assessment; Biome In A Box Project
✻ Literacy: Human Activity and Biomes Workbook
✻ Miscellaneous: Complete PDF and Word Lessons; Daily Science Starter, Daily Exit Slip; Frayer Model Vocabulary; Understanding Check Tracking Sheet; Graphic Organizers for Student Notebooks; Sample Teacher’s Notebook to Guide Instruction
Don’t Forget To Check Out These Additional Related Resources…
Changes In Ecosystems -- Data Analysis Lab and CER Writing Task (NGSS MS-LS2-4)
Biotic and Abiotic Factors -- 5E Activity Bundle (NGSS MS-LS2-4)
Changes in Ecosystems Situation Cards: Biotic and Abiotic Factors
WebQuest: Animal Adaptations
Project Based Learning: Invasive Species Project
Activity Pack: Field Notes Food Web
Activity Pack: Where Have All The Tree Frogs Gone? Mystery
Activity Pack: Population Sampling Activity
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