Biome in a Baggie

In this ZOOMSci video segment, a cast member of ZOOM creates a self-contained biome and explores evaporation, condensation and precipitation. By constructing and observing a simple biome over several days, students see how the needs of the plant are being met by the plant parts and the food, water, and air in the closed system that exists inside the baggie.  In the video segment, a student shows how to construct the biome and introduces the basic components of the water cycle, all of which students will observe in their own biome in a baggie over several days..  A background essay for the teacher, discussion questions, and links to standards are included. Teachers must register to use resources on, but registration is free and simple.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0207.1.1
Recognize that plants and animals are made up of smaller parts that use food, water, and air to survive.
GLE 0207.INQ.1
Observe the world of familiar objects using the senses and tools.
GLE 0207.INQ.2
Ask questions, make logical predictions, plan investigations, and represent data.
GLE 0407.8.1
Recognize the major components of the water cycle.
GLE 0407.INQ.1
Explore different scientific phenomena by asking questions, making logical predictions, planning investigations, and recording data.
GLE 0407.INQ.2
Select and use appropriate tools and simple equipment to conduct an investigation.
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Essential and guiding questions: 
  • Is this a good model of a biome?
  • What are its strengths? What are its weaknesses?

Lesson Variations

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