11.03 Lab: Biomes

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Lab: Biomes

In this laboratory, you will explore and present information on one of Earth’s terrestrial biomes.

The Scientific Method :

As you go through the lab, the scientific method will be your guide to the process. Click here for more information about the scientific method.

There are two basic categories of communities: terrestrial (land) and aquatic (water). These two basic types of community contain eight smaller units known as biomes. A biome is a large-scale category containing many communities of a similar nature whose distribution is largely controlled by climate.

Imported Asset

Terrestrial Biomes: tundra, grassland, desert, taiga, temperate forest, tropical forest.
Terrestrial biome distribution is shown above. Aquatic Biomes: marine, freshwater.

Objectives:

  1. Explore and report on one of the terrestrial biomes shown in the map.
  2. Develop a virtual poster to be presented to your class in an online virtual presentation session.

Time Requirements:

This lab should take three to four hours to complete.

Procedure:

Click here to download the lab report. You will be creating and submitting a poster, so there will not be a need to submit your report. Follow the directions on the lab report to gather your information.

Enter The Lab:

Imported Asset

Click here to launch the Biomes Lab

  1. Enter the lab, The World's Biomes, University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology. Read about the general topic of biomes, then click a link and learn more about a particular terrestrial biome (such as desert, grassland, etc.) to begin your research for this project.
  2. Visit a number of websites (a few starters are listed below) that deal with the topic of biomes. Gather information and images to prepare a virtual poster session. Be sure to cite your sources!
  3. In your poster session presentation, you will need to detail the creatures that live in the biome you have chosen, both plants and animals. Also, focus on the environmental conditions that constrain distribution of your biome (for example, hot, dry deserts are limited in their distribution by…)

Example sites:

NASA: Mission Biomes

Kids Do Ecology: World Biomes

Searching Websites:

Conduct a keyword search to find websites. To begin a keyword search, start by searching broad terms such as biome, terrestrial, savanna, tundra, tropical forest, or desert. The resulting list of websites can give you a lot of information, but how do you know if it is reliable? There are a few basic guidelines that can help you when you open a website and try to determine its reliability.

Always consider a site's:

  • Objectivity: Excessive expressions of emotion, opinions, and stereotyping are tip-offs that the information on a site may be biased.
  • Ownership and contributors: Go to the Home or About page of the website and find out who sponsors and writes for the site. Look for contributors who have reliable credentials, such as "Harvey Jones, Professor, University of Wisconsin—Madison."
  • Writing style and mechanics: Check the grammar, spelling, and writing style on the site. Errors and awkwardness are signs of a nonprofessional website.
  • Currency: Look for publication or copyright dates associated with the site; the more current the better.
  • Links: What links does the site contain? A reliable website will offer links to other reliable websites, not to "junk" sites.

    Keyword Search: biome, terrestrial biome, savanna, tundra, tropical forest, desert

Submitting Your Work:

When you have completed the lab, submit your poster.

Biomes Lab In this lab, you will be creating a poster or slide show presentation. 1. Enter the lab using the link found on the content page for The World's Biomes, University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology. Read about the general topic of biomes and then click a link and learn more about a particular terrestrial biome (such as desert, grassland, etc.) to begin your research for this project. 2. Visit a number of websites (a few starters are found on the content page) that deal with the topic of biomes. Gather (and cite) information and images as you read to prepare a poster or slide show presentation. 3. Required elements include: the geographic location of an example of this biome (country), details about the creatures that live in the biome you have chosen (both plants and animals), and the environmental conditions that constrain distribution of your biome (for example, hot, dry deserts are limited in their distribution by…) Example sites: You may also conduct a keyword search to find websites. To begin a keyword search, start by searching broad terms such as biome, terrestrial, savanna, tundra, tropical forest, or desert. The resulting list of websites can give you a lot of information, but how do you know if it is reliable? Some basic guidelines can help you when you open a website and try to determine its reliability. Always consider a site's: • • • • • Objectivity - Excessive expressions of emotion, opinions, and stereotyping are tip-offs that the information on a site may be biased. Ownership and contributors - Go to the Home or About page of the website and find out who sponsors and writes for the site. Look for contributors who have reliable credentials, such as "Harvey Jones, Professor, University of Wisconsin—Madison." Writing style and mechanics - Check the grammar, spelling, and writing style on the site. Errors and awkwardness are signs of a nonprofessional website. Currency - Look for publication or copyright dates associated with the site; the more current the better. Links - What links does the site contain? A reliable website will offer links to other reliable websites, not to "junk" sites. Keyword Search: biome, terrestrial biome, savanna, tundra, tropical forest, desert Poster Rubric CATEGORY Excellent Satisfactory Needs Improvement Unsatisfactory Graphics Relevance All graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand. All graphics are related to the topic and most make it easier to understand. All graphics relate to Graphics do not the topic. relate to the topic. Required Elements The poster includes all required elements as well as additional information. All required elements are included on the poster. All but 1 of the required elements are included on the poster. Content - Accuracy At least 7 accurate facts are displayed on the poster. 5-6 accurate facts 3-4 accurate facts Less than 3 accurate are displayed on the are displayed on the facts are displayed poster. poster. on the poster. Attractiveness The poster is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness. The poster is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness. The poster is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy. Mechanics Capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the poster. There is 1 error in capitalization or punctuation. There are 2 errors in There are more than capitalization or 2 errors in punctuation. capitalization or punctuation. Citations All information and all borrowed graphics have a source citation. All borrowed graphics have a source citation. Most borrowed graphics have a source citation. Several borrowed graphics do not have a source citation. Classification Domain, kingdom, genus, species are listed with appropriate italicization and capitalization. There is 1 error or omission in the classification information, italicization, or capitalization. There are 2 errors or omissions in the classification information, italicization, or capitalization. There are more than 2 errors or omissions in the classification information, italicization, or capitalization. Several required elements were missing. The poster is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive.

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