Biomes Lesson 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade

I chose this as evidence of knowledge of local, state, and national content and performance standrds.

Introducing Biomes

Objective: Develop an understanding of what biomes are and how they are different than ecosystems. Understand that there are many biomes and scientists don’t agree on the number of them.  Get an overview of the 6 most popular biomes, including average temperature, precipitation, vegetation and animal life.

GLE’s: The student develops an understanding of the processes of science by

  • [3] SA1.1 asking questions, predicting, observing, describing, measuring, classifying, making generalizations, inferring and communicating

Materials: “A River Ran Wild” by Lynne Cherry, several books of each ecosystem, biome chart, 1 sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 copy paper (white) and colors and colored pencils.

Vocabulary:  biomes, desert, tundra, grasslands, rainforests, temperate, taiga


    • Teacher starts by reading the book, A River Ran Wild (or something similar).
    • Teacher has placed several books of each ecosystem (i.e. desert, plain, tropic, tundra, grassland, mountain, forest, and wetland) around the room.
    • In groups, students will do a gallery walk using a chart to help them understand a little about each ecosystem.  They find the biome on the chart and then list two interesting facts about that biome.
    • Students will create a little poster with the six most common biomes on it.  This well be a foldable.  Fold the copy paper (8.5 x 11) in half hotdog style.  Now fold the hotdog into thirds and crease hard.  Open up.  Give it a title,  Biomes of the World.  Label each box with a biome and draw a picture of a plant and animal from that biome.  Label.

Assessment:  the completed t-chart and the poster.

Name:__________________________ Date:______________________


Biomes of the World Chart



Please list two (2) interesting facts about each biome you visit on your gallery walk.




Biome Fact #1 Fact #2


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