Biome Research

Our goal for this week is for students to work together in their groups to conduct a deep-dive into their assigned biome and human-caused environmental disaster.  Students must share the work load equally, documenting their efforts in a shared team Google Doc.  Groups are expected to work together to identify scientifically credible resources and to document those resources in their Google Doc.  By Friday, everyone in the group should be able to:

  • Clearly describe the biome when it is healthy (long-term climate and major vegetation).
    • Is the weather the same year-round?  Describe in detail.
    • Are there seasons in your biome?  Describe in detail.
    • Where does your biome exist on a map?  Does your biome exist in multiple places around the world?
    • How are the organisms living in the region where your assigned disaster occurred similar or different to other parts of the world with the same biome?
  • Draw the major ecosystem(s) present within the biome as a food web (complete with nodes, edges, and properly drawn arrows indicating energy flow).
    • If your biome exists in multiple places on Earth, include food webs for each site.
  • Explain what humans did to cause the environmental disaster within the biome.
    • Specificity matters – include as many details as possible about the cause of the disaster.
    • Conduct a root cause analysis: keep asking “why” and dig as deeply as you can!
  • Clearly describe the biome when it is in crisis (as a result of the environmental disaster)
  • Explain how humans have attempted to correct the problem that led to the environmental crisis (what worked, what did not work)
  • Note: If your group finishes conducting research before Friday, craft your research into a research report.  Follow standard conventions for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.  Write in complete sentences.  Proof-read and edit!  Work as a team to construct a report you can be proud of submitting.

Your project team will be assigned a biome.  Your team may choose from the options provided, or propose a different topic (must be discussed with Mr. Swart before moving on).  If multiple groups in the same class period are assigned the same biome, teams must select different project options. Teams are expected to identify additional resources beyond those provided below and incorporate those resources into their research.

Selected Project Team Resources:

Ocean Biome

Desert Biome

Forest Biome

Arctic / Tundra Biome

Rainforest (including Jungle) Biome

Wetland (including Swamp) Biome

Mountain Biome


Combined Gas Law

For Lesson 61, students were introduced to the Combined Gas Law, k=PV/T.  We worked through the Lesson 61 PowerPoint and then students received the Lesson 61 Worksheet. During class, we also watched a portion of a video showing the effect of atmospheric pressure on balloon volume.


For homework, students were encouraged to work through textbook problems 1-7 and check work against the posted answer key.  This homework will not be entered into the grade book.

Ecological Challenges Presentations

Students presented their work from yesterday, with each student limited to a single minute of time to present their slide to the class describing the biome they researched and a man-made ecological disaster that occurred in that biome.  The audience was tasked with making a list in their notebooks that included the name of the presenter, the biome, and the disaster.  At the end of the presentations, students selected the top three biomes they want to continue researching.  Students will be strategically placed into groups designed to honor their interests and group identities will be revealed Monday.