Saturday, November 10, 2012

Science Saturday ~ Biomes of the World



If you are fairly new to Making It As A Middle School Teacher, you may not be aware of Science Saturdays.  Having taught Science in the past, I have several science resources that I've created.

Here's one that seems to be the most popular of my science products at my TPT Store lately!




Quite a bit of work went into creating this one!

I tried to include enough material to teach several main topics as well as including sections that could serve as stand-alone centers, group work, or review activities.

Here's the official product description:

This is a 2-part packet with a total of 22 pages, including 2 short quizzes with Answer Keys!

Extensive use of graphic organizers is intended with this lesson, but you could just as easily set this up as a center or do whole-class as a sorting task.

Georgia Performance Standard
S7L4. Students will examine the dependence of organisms on one another and their environments.
e. Describe the characteristics of Earth's major terrestrial biomes (i.e. tropical rain forest, savannah, temperate, desert, taiga, tundra, and mountain) and aquatic communities (i.e. freshwater, estuaries, and marine).

Part 1
To use as a group task for the entire class, you will need 1 copy of each page per group.
To use as a center, you will just need 1 copy of each page.
Cut out and laminate for longer use and protection.

This is a great way to reach some of the kinesthetic and visual learners!

Students work in groups or pairs to arrange the cards into multiple-level graphic organizers to show order.

Then to reinforce the concepts, once you have checked that the above are correct, students can transfer the Name, Definition, and 1 Example Set to their own notes.
I recommend they do this in the same format as well.

To check for thorough understanding, have students make up their own example either in words or pictures.

The student examples would be great for hanging in the hallway or around the classroom as each would be different and unique!

Part 2
To use as a group task for the entire class, you will need 1 copy of each page per group.
To use as a center, you will just need 1 copy of each page.
Cut out and laminate for longer use and protection.
This is a great way to reach some of the kinesthetic and visual learners!

Students work in groups or pairs to arrange the cards into Tree Maps.

Then to reinforce the concepts, once you have checked that the Tree Maps are correct, students can transfer some or all of the information to their own notes.
I recommend they do this in the Tree Map format as well.

To check for thorough understanding, have students choose their favorite biome and draw it, including biotic and abiotic factors..

The student examples would be great for hanging in the hallway or around the classroom as each would be different and unique!



I'd love for you to check it out by clicking on the image above.

Also, leave a comment below with your email address and I'll randomly select 1 winner to receive a free copy of Biomes of the World by e-mail!  {So be sure to include your e-mail address.}


Enjoy :)





5 comments:

  1. Love this one...and the timing is amazing!! I'm starting this next week!!! So, I'm really hoping you pull my name! kkm13@hotmail.com

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  2. Wow! You put a lot of work into this- it looks great! erin.m.varley@gmail.com

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  3. Nice work! Impressive! rseldomridge@gmail.com

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  4. Very cool! I am a newbie to teaching science for grade 7 and am just finishing up a unit on ecosystems and this sounds like exactly what would be great as a cumulative type activity. andrea.lovegrove@gmail.com

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  5. I love this. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I am new to teaching. This is my first year, and I have only been teaching 7th grade Science since January. Unfortunately, we are just about finished with our Biomes Unit, but this stuff is great! Thanks for sharing!

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