Building a Biome

A very simple lesson plan that describes how to make miniature biomes. Using some basic materials, students will create their own biomes to learn about how plants grow in different environments.  Students use investigation techniques to learn what type of plants survive best in various biomes. 

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0307.5.1
Explore the relationship between an organisms characteristics and its ability to survive in a particular environment.
GLE 0307.INQ.1
Explore different scientific phenomena by asking questions, making logical predictions, planning investigations, and recording data.
GLE 0307.INQ.2
Select and use appropriate tools and simple equipment to conduct an investigation.
GLE 0307.INQ.4
Identify and interpret simple patterns of evidence to communicate the findings of multiple investigations.
GLE 0307.INQ.6
Compare the results of an investigation with what scientists already accept about this question.
GLE 0407.5.1
Analyze physical and behavioral adaptations that enable organisms to survive in their environment.
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Learning objectives: 

The main objective in this Mini-teach is to show students how different plants grow in each biome.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 

Helpful Hints

Materials Needed:

  • 2-L cardboard carton
  • sandy soil or potting soil
  • seeds:  5 lima beans, 30 rye grass, 10 impatiens
  • clear plastic wrap
  • scissors
  • lamp (light source)
  • index cards
  • tape