Environmental Science
Biomes Study
Your task in this activity is to create a very user friendly, presentation about biomes. Your overall goal is to create something that will be educational, fun, and easy to use.  The project will teach about the major biomes found around our world and offer solutions to the problems that these biomes face.  The project should represent biomes through artistic as well as scientific methods.

The major biomes of the world are:  Tundra, Grassland, Marine, Taiga, Temperate Forest, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, and Desert.

Map by Anna C.

Essential Question:     How are healthy biomes important to a healthy Earth?

  • Focus questions: (Answer these questions for the biome that you are researching.)
  • What:
  • Where on the Earth is your biome found?
  • What kind of a climate is necessary for the biome?
  • What is an ecostystem?
  • List at least two biotic and two abiotic elements found in your biome.
  • So What: (Pick two)
  • What dangers does the biome face? (Include human impact)
  • What kind of a food web might you find in your biome?
  • What kind of tropic pyramid would you find in your biome?
  • Now What: (Pick one)
  • What solutions or preventative measures can be found to any dangers that threaten the biome?
  • What are the characteristics of an environmentally healthy Earth?
  • How does your biome help maintain the health of the Earth?
  • Research links:

    What is an Ecosystem - Just what it says!!

    Biome Basics: Learn about biomes through this online guide. Find profiles of desert, grassland, ocean, rainforest,
    tundra, temperate forest and taiga biomes.

    Report on Biomes and Ecosystems written for Congress.

    Descriptions of ecoregions of the US

    Welcome to the World's Biomes Page. This is an introduction to the major biomes on Earth. From students in the Biome Group of the Fall '96 Biology Class at UC Berkley.

    Explore the forests, deserts, tundra, taiga and grasslands of North America. Provided by Professor Reveal of the University of Maryland.

    The Evergreen Project displays an intensive study of the Earth's biomes through the eyes of the Roads Scholars, a group of students who travelled across the country studying biomes.

    Biome classification and descriptions.

    Earth Biomes Explorer - Guide to the world's ecosystems include specifics on Arctic, forest, desert, taiga, and tropical
    climates. Learn how to read a climograph.

    Biomes and weather - a description of how biomes are formed based on global wind patterns.

    Find the climate in any city in the world

    Enchanted Learning Guide to the Earth's habitats includes details about the animals living in each. Charts compare
    different ecosystems.

    Major Biomes of the World  Scan a beginner's guide to biomes, the major regional groupings of plants and animals discernible
    at a global scale. Find maps and photos.

    Mysterious Journey Survey descriptions and photos of rain forest, grassland and desert biomes.

    Rainforest Alliance - Site dedicated to preserving the rainforest.

    Explore the Fantastic Forest with National Geographic.

    Wetlands from the National WIldllife Federation.

    The Rainforest report card.

    Environmental Health

    Environmental report card from 1994

    Earth's Environmental Report Card put out by World Watch Magazine.

    A Guide to Global Issues

    Report telling how forests help global warming.

    Extinction of species around the world.

    The extinction of species.

    Misc. sound effects.  Includes nature sounds.

    An assortment of animal sounds from Naturesongs.com

    Even more nature sounds (wav)