Lesson Plan

Using climatograms to determine a region's biome

Students will research a given area's temperature and precipitation data to determine its biome classification
Paul K.
Classroom teacher
Garnet Valley High School
Glen Mills, United States
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects Science

Students will be able to...

  • Determine biome classification based on data sets
  • Critically think through evidence to reach a conclusion 
  • Understand the role of precipitation and temperature in biome classification 
  • Practice organizing data sets into graphs for analysis. 
Grades 10 – 12
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Climatogram Reading Practice

Activity: Assessing

Teacher places examples of climatograms on the board and students have to determine which biome they represent.  This is a follow up assessment from prior class learning about specific biome classifications

2 Guided Practice

  • Randomly assign students a city from around the world.
  • Students use google maps to hypothesize what biome that region is based on latitude and satellite imagery. 
  • Then students use the attached NOAA to research recent temperature and precipitation data and create their own climatogram.  
    • Note:  To differentiate some of the tech savvy students create their graph in excel or sheets.  The rest draw it free hand. 
  • After graphs are complete, students determine what the biome is based on data and compare to their hypothesized biome. 

3 Wrap Up

Activity: Assessing

At the end of the activity, I pose the question of how elevation can affect biome classification, which would be the next topic in the unit.