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Types of Biomes of the World

 

Task

1. Choose a biome:  

  • Aquatic:  Freshwater, Wetlands, Marine, Coral Reef, Estuary
  • Terrestrial: Alpine, Chaparral, Desert, Rainforest, Savannah, Taiga, Temperate Deciduous Forest, Coniferous Forest, Grassland, Tundra

2. Use note organizer to research your biome with the links in this guide.
    Information needed: 

  • Location - map
  • Biome environment - weather
  • At least 3 animals (fauna)
  • At least 2 plants (flora)
  • Human impact 

3. Decide whether to write a fictional story or realistic narrative.

4. Using your notes, storyboard your story (on FMS Humanities Google Drive).    
    Decide on a beginning, middle and end to your story.
    Story or narrative must include:

  • The biome clearly shown as the setting, including the weather and environmental features
  • 3 characters - either 3 animals or 2 animals + 1 person
  • 2 plants (which can be in the setting and/or in the story action)

5. Produce the story or narrative using iPad app Explain Everything.  
   
     Illustrations - original art - drawings, paintings, collages or photos -
     is required on each story slide.  
   
    You can use images found on the web with Creative Commons,
     but they must be combined with original art.

     Text - character dialogue must relate to the biome.

     Final product needs to have 12 slides:

        Slide 1            - Title page - Title of Story + Your Name (Author) + Date
        Slide 2            - Dedication page + List of Sources
        Slides 3 - 10    - Story slides        
        Slide 11           - Glossary page with pictures of each animal and plant with  
                                  brief description        
         Slide 12          - Briefly explain human impact and what people can do to
                                  save the biome

6.  Upload your story to FMS Humanities Google Apps.
     Share with Ms. Lim and Ms. Cussary

 

Research

Blue Planet Biomes - maps, environment, plants and animals

Kids Do Ecology: World Biomes - (UC Santa Barbara)environment, plants and animals

Habitats/Biomes - (Enchanted Learning)

Mission: Biomes - (NASA Earth Observatory) maps, environments, temperatures

Habitats: simplified explanations - (WWF) - maps, animals

WORLDBOOK Online - use forinformation about specific plants and animals

University of California: The World's Biomes - environments

 

Tools: Outline/Storyboard & Notes

Creative Commons - search for copyright-friendly images

Take notes and storyboard your story with the attached documents (below)

 

Grading Rubric

_____  [10 points] 12 slides

_____  [5 points]   Title page:  Title, First & Last Name, Illustration or image

_____  [5 points]   Dedication + List of Sources (URLs, Book Titles)

_____  [10 points]  Story has clear beginning, middle and end

_____  [10 points]  Story slides are clear, with illustration and text

_____  [5 points]   Glossary contains key words, illustrations, brief description

_____  [5 points]   Human impact explained + personal pledge cleary stated

_____  [10 points]  

  • The biome clearly shown as the setting, including the weather and environmental features
  • 3 characters - either 3 animals or 2 animals + 1 person
  • 2 plants (which can be in the setting and/or in the story action)

_____  [10 points]  Extra credit for using all original art - photos, drawings, collage

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