Biomes are an important concept for both biology and environmental science. Biomes and ecosystems are dependent on the climate of the area. Both biomes and ecosystems will change with climate change.
I wrote this lab for my AP Environmental Science course. After learning about the different biomes, students will use a climate map of the world to create a poster/collage for the different biomes of the given areas.
For their assigned biome, each group of students will also create a paper that identifies the different ecosystems and keystone species associated. They will also explain the important interactions between species and describe any edge effects that will be relevant.
Once students complete the project for the current climate of their areas, they will then use the same cross section to show what the biomes and ecosystems would look like after a 2 degree Celsius climate increase.
This is a definite higher level thinking lab. Students will have to do a lot of research on their own in order to complete this project. There are not a lot of guidelines for this assignment as I enjoy letting students problem solve and figure out for themselves.
Let me know how it goes!