Ecosystems and Biomes - World Biomes and Food Webs

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Description

This bundle of lessons and activities is perfect for a high school environmental science course and will introduce your high school students to the topics of climate, biomes and food webs.

This lesson is designed to facilitate independent learning and is ideal for a sub plan or simply to encourage self-instruction of basic concepts. If independent learning isn't your goal, it still fits perfectly into a teacher-directed curriculum.

▶️Want to use this lesson in Google Classroom(TM) or Microsoft OneDrive(TM)?

Find a Google Drive version of this file here for assigning materials in a SNAP!

Included in this product:

  • Detailed teacher lesson plan including essential questions, standards, included resources, and materials list
  • Student web-quest on climate, biomes, climatograms with guided student notes
  • Directions and template for student-created travel brochure for a specific world biome (with grading rubric)
  • Biome and food web poster project
  • Data Analysis page: interpreting climatograms (histograms of a biome's climate)
  • Digging Deeper page: the link between vegetation and climate

➤My Environmental Science Series includes lessons for each sphere of the earth:

1. Hydrosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

2. Biosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

3. Atmosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

4. Geosphere/Lithosphere (in digital/paperless or print versions)

How do I use this lesson?

Students independently gain vocabulary and basic concepts through internet web-quests and videos. Then in research and online activities, students are able to practice these concepts and see them come to life in real environments. This lesson bundle is perfect for substitutes or distance learning because students can work independently.

What curriculum could I use with this lesson?

This lesson is ideally geared towards high school students and would work well with a general level Environmental Science or Biology textbook. It addresses the following topics in AP Environmental Science (APES):

  • 1.1: Terrestrial Biomes
  • 1.11: Food Chains and Food Webs
  • 5.10: Impacts of Urbanization
  • 8.2: Human Impacts on Ecosystems
Total Pages
33 pages
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSSHS-ESS2-2
Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems. Examples should include climate feedbacks, such as how an increase in greenhouse gases causes a rise in global temperatures that melts glacial ice, which reduces the amount of sunlight reflected from Earth’s surface, increasing surface temperatures and further reducing the amount of ice. Examples could also be taken from other system interactions, such as how the loss of ground vegetation causes an increase in water runoff and soil erosion; how dammed rivers increase groundwater recharge, decrease sediment transport, and increase coastal erosion; or how the loss of wetlands causes a decrease in local humidity that further reduces the wetland extent.
NGSSHS-LS2-1
Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales. Emphasis is on quantitative analysis and comparison of the relationships among interdependent factors including boundaries, resources, climate, and competition. Examples of mathematical comparisons could include graphs, charts, histograms, and population changes gathered from simulations or historical data sets. Assessment does not include deriving mathematical equations to make comparisons.
NGSSHS-LS4-6
Create or revise a simulation to test a solution to mitigate adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity. Emphasis is on testing solutions for a proposed problem related to threatened or endangered species, or to genetic variation of organisms for multiple species.
NGSSHS-ETS1-2
Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
NGSSHS-LS2-7
Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity. Examples of human activities can include urbanization, building dams, and dissemination of invasive species.

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