This is a fun and comprehensive thematic nine week unit designed for students to learn about biomes and environmental science. It can be used to address multiple ELA standards as well. The writing process is highly structured and perfect for students who are writing their first research paper. It would be a great extension project to an already existing life science unit, or could stand alone with a few activities that frontloaded the basics. It includes new vocabulary, the steps to writing a solid, structured research paper and an artistic way to further demonstrate their learning.