Biome Essay Rubrics

Exploring the World’s Biomes Project

Step 1-There are 5 biomes in the world… select a biome from the following list to research:

Aquatic, Desert, Forest, Grassland, Tundra

Check out the website below to help you decide on your biome

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/exhibits/biomes/index.php

Below are the directions for the Biomes project that was sent home with the students and the rubric that will be used to score their project.  Please look carefully at the rubric to make sure you are including all of the elements of the project.

Biomes Project

biomeecosystem rubric

Step 2-Research about your biome.  Please refer to biomes project directions (above) so you know what questions you need to research.  Please be sure and use Reliable Resources when doing your research…The following are reliable resources that you can use.

http://www.teachersfirst.com/lessons/biomes/

http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats

https://www.brainpop.com/science/ecologyandbehavior/ecosystems/

Step 3-Complete outline including research located in the biome project (above)

Step 4-Using your research write your essay about your biome…Essay should be typed and printed out (If typing is not available neat handwritten essays will be accepted.)

Step 5-This is optional…if your child would like to create a terrarium(using a shoebox)  Look at the examples below

Due Dates:

Wednesday and Thursday Sept. 7 and 8th Project is introduced and biome is chosen

Thursday, Sept. 8th – Tuesday, Sept. 13th Research and Outline completion

Wednesday, Sept. 14th-Thursday, Sept. 22thUse outline to write and complete essay

Essay due –Monday, September 26th

Terrarium due–Monday, September 26th

 

Biome Project

Introduction

You will be given a biome to research in class.  The information collected will be used to create a pamphlet, website, or poster that describes the biome.  Think about what makes your biome unique and the types of plants and animals that live there as well as dominate weather patterns. As you gather information about the biome, take notes and think about how you can organize this information and put it into your own words. Your final project will need to include references to material you included. Pictures are encouraged to make your presentation interesting to your audience, which is your classmates.

Biomes

taiga (coniferous forest)
temperate deciduous forest
tropical rain forest

tundra
desert

temperate grassland or prairie savannah (also listed as grasslands on some sites)

freshwater (lakes, rivers, or streams)
ocean

Projects / Presentations

Use any of the following formats, check with your instructor for additional instructions or information: If you have another idea for your project, check with your instructor.

1. A flyer that you can hand out to the class (ask your teacher to make copies) or use a publisher program to make the pamphlets. Canva.com has tri-fold pamphlet creators.

2. A web page (poster). http://poster.4teachers.org/ is an online service that makes it easy to make web posters and publish them online. Teachers will need to sign up for this service or use a comparable service.

3. Make a real poster on posterboard. Make a self standing project board that has pictures and information about your biome.

4. Make a digital poster or infographic using Piktochart

5. Make a presentation using powerpoint or Prezi and present to the class on a digital projector.

6. Create a website on weebly.com or make a Tumblr page.

Requirements

1. The name of your biome (title page) which includes a short introduction to your project
2. The biome’s characteristics (climate, average temperature, average precipitation amounts, are there seasons) and locations in the world (continents, countries)
3. 4-6 plants that are found in your biome.  Describe an adaptation they have for  surviving in the biome.  (Ex) large horizontal roots
4. 4-6 animals that are found in your biome.  Describe an adaptation they have  for surviving in the biome.  (Ex) thick fur
5. Threats to the biome.  Give some details to the threats (what are some causes/effects of the threats. (Ex) deforestation-destroying habitats
6.  Why would someone want to visit this biome?
7. Pictures to include are: a map of the biome location, two plants you described, two animals you described, and one picture of the threat.
8. References - include websites, books or other resources you used to create your project, give credit to images you used.

Rubric: Biomes Project
4 pts3 pts2 pts1 pt
Title page and introduction 
Overall Characteristics (weather, locations, etc)
Plant Life (information and photos of plants)
Animal Life (information and photos of animals)
Information:  Threats to Biome
Information:  Why Visit Biome?
Organization: Is the layout, format and photos organized and engaging? 
Mechanics:  Organization neatness, grammar, etc. 
References and Citations    

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