This CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) Unit has 1st graders using clues and maps to determine in which Biome their friend Jamie is vacationing. The students start by completing several different maps (maps of biomes, a continent map and a temperature map). Then, they research about the different major biomes. They repeatedly make new predictions about where Jamie is vacationing. They graph their class predictions. They use clues such as artifacts, flight tickets and letters to make these predictions. They fill out vocabulary sheets on terms such as biomes, average, temperature, etc. There are even a few science labs in the unit: the Sun Lab and the Temperature Lab.
In the Extension Section, students play a review and direction game to determine the specific desert in Africa where Jamie is vacationing.
This unit is meant to be an easy introduction into the scientific method and the process of problem solving.
This is the outline for the unit, meaning I have provided you with a day to day outline of what to do and the worksheets needed for the unit. You will need to purchase some materials for this unit such as a seeds, sunscreen, a water canteen, a packing box, etc. You will also need to peruse through your library to see what books you want to use for the Biome research.
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