Teacher Tip: This is the culminating project in the unit. It involves students researching a specific biome individually and creating a Google Slides presentation which they will present to the class. It also involves the creation of a diorama which depicts various organisms within the biome. This project addresses the following standards: MS-LS2-3, which identifies the connectivity or organisms with their non-living environment. It also addresses the following writing standards as students are researching and completing the presentation portion of the project: W.6.2b and W.6.2c. Materials needed for the project include: a device with internet access for each student, a shoebox for each student, various craft supplies (tissue paper, scissors, pipe cleaners, string, markers, etc).
To begin the lesson, students answer the following question on their student notes sheet individually:
ENGAGE: What is a biome and how is it different from a habitat?
To introduce the students to the biomes they will be selecting from for the project, I show them a quick video for each one.
The videos are from Brainpop.com*, which does require a subscription, however, you could substitute any video that covers the basics of the following biomes. Students write down an interesting fact next to each one after viewing the video:
EXPLORE: Watch the video for each biome below. After you are finished, choose which one you will research.
I choose… , because…
After viewing the videos, have the students make their selection by choosing the biome they want to research and explaining why.
* Some possible alternatives:
Next, I spend a few minutes explaining the procedure for completing the project:
EXPLAIN: The Project Procedure
Complete the research portion of the project using the template provided and the websites.
Create your google slides presentation according to the template.
Finally, the students get to work completing their research, using these websites to help them. They follow the chart to input their research and organize their information found in the ELABORATE section of their notes sheet. Refer to sample student work for an example of completed research.