Lesson Plan

What in the World Are Biomes?

Students will engage and develop an understanding of the major biomes of the world through their research and class collaboration. Students will research the elements of various Biomes, create Google slides to demonstrate and share their knowledge with cl
Cathy P.
Media specialist/librarian
Pope John XXIII School, Evanston
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to...

work collaboratively in a partnership

research and identify key elements of biomes of the world

create a Google slides to demonstrate their understanding of biomes to share with classmates

The World's Biomes

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/

 

World Biomes �

http://mrnussbaum.com/biomes/

 

Mission: Biomes

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Experiments/Biome/

KDE Santa Barbara

http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/

 

CCSS:

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/5/

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.2.A

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.3

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.4

 

NETS Student Standards: 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3B

 

Subjects
English Language Arts
Grades 3
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

What In the World Are Biomes?

Through class discussion start gathering ideas about what elements would be part of a biome: temperature, animals, plants, moisture, and location.

Student Instructions

Students will participate by engaging in class discussion offering their insights and ideas, drawing on personal travel experiences and previous knowledge.

 

2 Direct Instruction

Introduce the names of the major Biomes of the World: Aquatic, Desert, Tundra, Grasslands and Forest.

Create an assignment in Google Classroom giving the general directions needed for the project: research and Google Slides to share information. Create a template with questions that will guide them through their basic research. Remember to share the Google Document through the classroom assignment,  make sure to choose the option to give a copy to each student so they will have a document to save their work. Assign each pair of students their  Biome, reminding the students what is means to be a collaborative partner, how to be a positive member of a team. Teacher will provide links for students to use for their research.

The World's Biomes

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/

World Biomes �

http://mrnussbaum.com/biomes/

Mission: Biomes

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Experiments/Biome/

KDE Santa Barbara

http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/

 

Student Instructions

Students will participate in class discussion and collaborative research by offering their ideas and listening to others. Students will access their assignment through Google Classroom and work with their partner to gather information using the links provided by the teacher.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Investigating

Teacher will model for the students how partners can share a Google slide enabling both partners to work together. Teacher will model what constitutes a well designed slide, starting with blank slides. Teacher will explain the purpose of the slide is to share information, using pictures, short phrases or single words. Teacher will explain that the slide will be used to support the students during their oral presentation of their research. Teacher will review how to use the tools connected to Google Slides with the whole group or with partnerships as needed.

 

Student Instructions

Students will create a shared Google Slide project with their partner to share the information they have discovered about their Biome through words and pictures.

 

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Teacher will circulate and provide individual assistance as needed.

 

Student Instructions

Each partnership will complete a Google Slide presentation about their assigned Biome that will be presented in class and shared with the school.

 

5 Wrap Up

Activity: Presenting

Teacher will share completed projects  through school website  or on teacher pages by saving finished projects as PDF.

 

Student Instructions

Partners will share their completed projects with their classmates through oral presentation. Then will then share it  with  other classes and their families  to teach them the Biomes of the World.