A Biomes Webquest

Introduction | TaskProcess | Resources| Evaluation | Conclusion | About this Site

Introduction

A biome is a major geographical region, composed of plants and animals that are adapted to the region's physical environment, including weather and climate.  The biomes that will be studied in this Webquest are: 
        Desert, Grassland, Rainforest, Taiga, Temperate Forest, and Tundra.

Task

You can either pick one of the biomes listed above, or your teacher will assign one.  You are a member of the "Chamber of Commerce" for your biome.  Your job is to provide information about your biome and encourage people to visit or move to your biome.  You can work individually or in teams.  Find out the following information about your biome:

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Process

Visit the web resources to find information about your biome.  You can use the Biome Worksheet to record your information.  After you have gathered information, answer the following questions about your biome (you can use the Biome Question Sheet to record your answers).

As you answer these questions, you may begin to work on a PowerPoint (or HyperStudio) presentation designed to provide information about your biome and to encourage people to visit your biome.  Each member of the team should be responsible for at least two slides in the presentation.  The presentation should consist of:

Click here to look at some sample PowerPoint slides.

Before working at the computer, you should plan your slides on note cards or the Presentation Planning Form, using a format similar to the samples.  Once you have created your PowerPoint presentation, you will need to decide how you will present it.  Divide up the presentation information and practice before you present to the whole class.  In addition to the PowerPoint presentation (depending on how much time you have), your team could also create posters and/or a brochure about your biome.

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Resources

General Information
All About Nature: Biomes   http://www.allaboutnature.com/biomes/pond/pondlife.shtml
Biome Links: http://rmhs.dist214.k12.il.us/classes/lepbilscience/biome.html
Blue Planet Biomes: http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/index.htm 
Introduction to Biomes: http://www.runet.edu/~swoodwar/CLASSES/GEOG235/biomes/intro.html
     (If you get a window asking for a password, click on "Cancel")
Biomes: http://ths.sps.lane.edu/biomes/index1.html 
Mission: Biomes: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Laboratory/Biome/ 
Neighborhoods; Ecosystems, Biomes, and Habitats: http//www.fi.edu/tfi/units/life/habitat/habitat.html
The World's Biomes: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/index.html
Biomes Thinkquest: http://library.thinkquest.org/C0113340/main.php?section=home 

Citing Sources
Citing Internet Sources - Classroom Connect: http://www.classroom.com/community/connection/howto/citeresources.jhtml
Citation Machine: http://citationmachine.net/ 
Yahooligan's Teachers Guide: http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/tg/678.html 

Encyclopedias
Answers.com: http://www.answers.com/ 
Encarta: http://encarta.msn.com/artcenter_/browse.html 
Electric Library's Free Encyclopedia: http://www.encyclopedia.com
Information Please: http://www.infoplease.com

Animal Pictures
All About Nature: Biomes   http://www.allaboutnature.com/biomes/pond/pondlife.shtml

Maps
World Biome Maps: http://www.worldbiomes.com/biomes_map.htm  
World Biomes: http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/world_biomes.htm 
Graphic Maps Free Clip Art    http://www.graphicmaps.com/clipart.htm

Specific Biomes
Desert Images: http://miragemall.com/desertjpegs/imagesf.htm
Desert: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/deserts.html
Desert Life: http://www.desertusa.com/life.html 

Grasslands: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/grasslan.html
Grassland Explorer: http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/grassland/ 
Grassland Thinkquest: http://library.thinkquest.org/11353/grassland.htm 
Grasslands: http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/grasslands.htm 

Rainforest: http://www.interlog.com/~rainfrst/home.html
Rainforest Links: http://www.kidskonnect.com/Rainforest/RainforestHome.html 
Tropical Rainforests: http://www.kidskonnect.com/Rainforest/RainforestHome.html 
Virtual Rainforest Tour: http://www.bgreen.com.au/rainforest01.html#

Taiga: http://www.kidskonnect.com/Rainforest/RainforestHome.html 
Taiga: http://library.thinkquest.org/C0113340/main.php?section=biomes&topic=taiga 
Taiga: http://www.runet.edu/~swoodwar/CLASSES/GEOG235/biomes/taiga/taiga.html

Tundra: http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/index.htm 
Tundra: http://www.radford.edu/~swoodwar/CLASSES/GEOG235/biomes/tundra/tundra.html 
Tundra: http://www.worldbiomes.com/biomes_tundra.htm 
Tundra, the Not-So Barren Land: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/tundra.html

Area Chambers of Commerce
Cedar Rapids' Chamber of Commerce  http://www.cedarrapids.org/

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Evaluation

Very Good to Outstanding
    A completed biomes worksheet 
    Thoughtful answers to the questions
    A well constructed PowerPoint presentation (with a minimum of 10 slides)
    An interesting and persuasive delivery of the presentation (clear, rehearsed)
    Evidence of teamwork
    A posture or brochure

Average to Good:
    A completed biomes worksheet
    Fairly thoughtful answers to the questions
    A PowerPoint presentation (with a minimum of 10 slides)
    A somewhat persuasive delivery of the presentation
    Evidence of teamwork

Poor to Fair:
    An incomplete biomes worksheet
    Partial answers to questions
    A PowerPoint presentation with less than 10 slides
    Poor delivery of the presentation (rambling, unclear, unrehearsed)
    Little evidence of teamwork

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Conclusion

Your input is needed to improve or modify this Webquest.  Please fill out the following form and then click the submit button at the bottom.  Your information and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

1. Which biome did you study?

2. What grade are you in?

3. How many students were on your team?

4. What was your favorite part about the Biomes Webquest? 

5. Is there anything you would want added or removed from the Webquest and why?

6. What was the most important thing you learned?

7. Would you like to do a similar project in the future? yes     no

8. Please list your city  and state and country .

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This site was created for use with the 5th grade social studies curriculum in the Cedar Rapids Community School District on February 13, 2000 and updated in January 2006.  The author of this site is Ann Nicholson, a curriculum technology specialist for the Cedar Rapids Community School District. 
Please forward questions or comments to:
anicholson@cr.k12.ia.us

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