Biomes Research Project Outline


Overview: A biome is a group of ecosystems with similar climates and organisms. The six major biomes that most ecologists study are the rainforest, desert, grassland, deciduous forest, boreal forest, and tundra. During this project, your group will be assigned a biome. Working together with your group, you will research your biome and develop an interactive wiki page to diplay your research. At the end of the project, your group will present to the class.

I.Wiki


Required Material

a. Detailed description of your Biome with visual(s)/audio. Your description should include:
  • Precipitation
  • Sunlight
  • Temperature
  • Climate
  • Animal species
  • Plants
  • Energy flow (i.e. food webs, water cycle, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen cycles)

b. Two graphs showing different parameters of your biome (i.e. precipitation, temperature, sunlight, wind chill, humidity etc.)

c. Choose an animal that inhabits your biome. Explain how this animal fits into the food chain of your biome. Include a food web made up of food chains and pyramids.

d. A Works Cited page. All sources must be listed in proper MLA format!

II.Group Presentation


Each group will present their wiki page to the class and teach their fellow students about their biome. All members of each group must present!



Biomes Wiki Learning Objectives:



As a result of this project students will be able to:

Library & Technology

1. Collaborate and participate safely and responsibly in an online community.

MA Instructional Technology
  • Standard 2. Demonstrate responsible use of technology and an understanding of ethics and safety issues in using electronic media.

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner
  • Standard 3.1.6 – Use information and technology ethically and responsibly.
  • Standard 4.1.7 – Use social networks and information tools to gather and share information.
  • Standard 3.1.2 – Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners.

2. Use various forms of media (i.e. video, audio, images/graphics etc.) to illustrate knowledge and understanding of the content.

MA Instructional Technology
  • Standard 3. Demonstrate ability to use technology for research, problem-solving, and communication. Students locate, evaluate, collect, and process information from a variety of electronic sources. Students use telecommunications and other media to interact or collaborate with peers, experts, and other audiences.

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner
  • Standard 2.14 - Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information.
  • Standard 3.1.4 - Use technology and other tools to organize and display knowledge and understandings in ways that others can view, use, and assess.
  • Standard 4.1.8 - Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning.
  • Standard 1.1.6 – Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g. textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.

3. Conduct an inquiry-based research process by effectively locating, evaluating, analyzing and using a variety of print and non-print sources.

MA Instructional Technology
  • Standard 3. Demonstrate ability to use technology for research, problem-solving, and communication. Students locate, evaluate, collect, and process information from a variety of electronic sources. Students use telecommunications and other media to interact or collaborate with peers, experts, and other audiences.

AASL: Standards for the 21st Century Learner
  • Standard 1.1.1 Follow an inquiry-based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects, and make the real-world connection for using this process in own life.
  • Standard 1.15 - Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context.
  • Standard 1.1.4 – Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.


Science Objectives

4. Clearly communicate knowledge and understanding of the biotic and abiotic factors that make up an ecosystem.

MA Science Curriculum Framework
  • Standard 6.2 - Use a food web to identify and distinguish producers, consumers, and decomposers, and explain the transfer of energy through trophic levels.
  • Standard 6.1 - Explain how biotic and abiotic factors cycle in an ecosystem (water, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen).