Environmental Science Unit: World Biomes, Ecological Succession & Biodiversity

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This comprehensive 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, ecological succession, and biodiversity. Human impacts on the environment are interwoven through each lesson to provide students with a good basis for any environmental science or APES course.

All student pages come in both PRINT and DIGITAL versions for efficient use in class or through distance learning.

Included in this product:

-10 Teacher Planning Pages (standards document, editable daily pacing guide, differentiation ideas for student interest, ability, and learning environment)

-1 PowerPoint (19 editable slides- highly visual and fully animated)

-3 pages of Cornell Notes (both fill-in-the-blank and editable versions included)

-3 web-quests with corresponding student pages for independent learning

-3 pages of my popular Doodle Notes(TM) and a guide to using them in your classroom

-5 Activities:

  • Biome Travel Brochure Research Activity
  • Biome Food Web Group Poster Project
  • Geocaching Lab (outdoors)
  • Plant Transect Biodiversity Lab (outdoors)
  • Lionfish Invasive Species Panel Discussion

-6 Extension Pages:

  • 3 Digging Deeper extensions for critical thinking (Vegetation & Climate, Keystone Species Project, Invasive Species Research)
  • 3 Data Analysis extensions for math integration and interpretation of graphs (Climatograms, Indicator Species, Biodiversity Indices)

-1 online quiz through Google Forms for automatic online grading

-14 editable task cards for a quick and easy unit review

-Editable unit test with multiple-choice and short answer questions (in both honors and regular versions)

-Supplementary Resource Ideas: links and videos for additional explanation or exploration

-Answer keys and grading rubrics for all student pages

What topics are included in this unit?


  • 9 different world biomes (tundra, taiga, grasslands, deciduous forest, savanna, chaparral, rainforest, desert, alpine)
  • Climate v. weather
  • Climatograms (or climate diagrams)

Communities & Ecological Succession

  • Keystone species
  • Indicator species
  • Primary v. Secondary succession, climax community, pioneer species


  • Types of biodiversity (species, genetic, ecological)
  • Biodiversity index
  • Sampling methods
  • Invasive species

The unit is aligned to NGSS and many state standards. If you’d like to know whether your state standards are covered, you can send me an email at support@suburbanscience.com.

NGSS addressed in this unit: HS-LS2-1, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6, HS-ESS2-2, HS-ETS1-2. Additional details on standards are included in the teacher planning pages of this course.


*For more details about the specific topics and items included, please see my PREVIEW.*

Where can I find other Environmental Science lessons?

Intro to Environmental Science

Biosphere Unit 1: Ecology, Food webs, and Symbiosis

Biosphere Unit 2: Species and Population Ecology

Biosphere Unit 3: World Biomes, Ecological Succession, and Biodiversity

Atmosphere: Weather, Wind, and Biogeochemical Cycles

Geosphere Unit 1: Plate Tectonics and Landforms

Geosphere Unit 2: Minerals, Mining, and Soil

Geosphere Unit 3: Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy

Hydrosphere Unit 1: Surface Water, Groundwater, and the Water Cycle

Hydrosphere Unit 2: Marine Biomes and Water Pollution

Land Use & Sustainability

Or get the Full Environmental Science Curriculum which includes all these units!

What curriculum could I use with this lesson?

This lesson is ideally geared toward 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
  • 2.4: Ecological Tolerance
  • 2.5: Natural Disruptions to Ecosystems
  • 2.7: Ecological Succession
  • 5.10: Impacts of Urbanization
  • 8.2: Human Impacts on Ecosystems
  • 8.4: Human Impacts on Wetlands and Mangroves

Can I edit these resources to fit my needs?

Some of the files in this unit are editable. The text on the PowerPoints, Cornell Notes, and task cards is all editable so you can adjust the level of content and wording. The pacing guide, printable unit tests, and online quizzes through Google Forms™ are all fully editable. Web-quests, activities, extension pages, and any images included in this unit are in non-editable PDF formats to protect my intellectual property rights and those of the illustrators whose images I’ve purchased for use in this resource.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
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.
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.
Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. Examples of changes in ecosystem conditions could include modest biological or physical changes, such as moderate hunting or a seasonal flood; and, extreme changes, such as volcanic eruption or sea level rise.


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