Teaching 5th grade Science in Texas has led me to become a self-professed biome/ecosystem expert! ;) I used these lessons and projects throughout the entire Life Science unit to introduce AND review AND reinforce the concept of biomes.
The Biome Project is how I introduce biomes to my students at the start of the Life Science Unit. Each group becomes an expert in their own biome by learning about the biotic and abiotic factors within their biome. This leads nicely into food chains/webs, flow of energy, geography, etc. It's up to you and them to make sure all other groups learn the other biomes from the experts.
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The Biome Stations lesson is used further into the Life Science Unit after students have been exposed to each of the biomes. I use this as a review before the district benchmark, and bring it back out as a review for the STAAR.
The Biome Collection is a series of diagrams/pictures of each biome that highlight the biotic and abiotic factors that make each biome distinct. I like using these diagrams for so many different things from a basic "what do you notice" introduction to biomes/ecosystems, and bring them out again for food web and adaptation lessons. I specifically did not label the diagrams for flexibility (and to make the students think!).
Please let me know if you have any 5th or 6th grade science materials or lessons. I have so much that I haven't put my jazz hands to yet. I'd love to help!
Enjoy and Happy Teaching!