Unit Plan

Biome Basics with a Disastrous Twist

This Biome Basics with a Disastrous Twist unit plan also includes:

Bored with your current biome bag of tricks? This bundle is a bountiful bag of biome fun! Travel the globe with seventh graders and explore the biotic and abiotic factors that define our world's biomes. Then, introduce a little chaos to help the class understand the truly delicate balance that exists within the natural world.

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Instructional Ideas
  • While locating pictures for their biome posters, ask student groups to find pictures of natural and man-made disasters as well; this will cut down on your work load in preparing for the second phase of the project
  • Spend some time at the beginning of the unit to get a handle on prior knowledge; an extensive background in biomes is not necessary for success, but it may be helpful to partner up lower-level pupils with their stronger classmates for the project
Classroom Considerations
  • Schedule time for research in your school's computer lab or library; research will take more than one class period
  • Don't underestimate the number of magazines your class will need to complete their biome projects; each poster requires a minimum of six pictures of biotic and abiotic factors
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website.It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The resource contains all printable materials plus suggestions for modifying biome posters to reflect man-made and natural disasters
  • Learning groups will experience a bigger buy-in on biomes when "disaster" strikes the biome they created together
  • SMART Board technology plays a key role across several days of learning, which could be challenging for teachers with a different technology setup