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Biome Bonanza

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  • In this activity, students will read about the plants and animals that live in terrestrial biomes and complete a color-by-number to discover where the biomes are located on a world map.
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  • The lesson contains a teacher's guide.
  • The student worksheet contains appealing graphics and brief sections of text to help students understand the characteristics of biomes.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a general understanding of a world map and different climates.
  • If the coloring worksheet is unavailable, consider using the projected map and the definitions in the teacher guide instead.


  • Students can work in small groups to read the information, or the teacher may read each section aloud.
  • The class could work together to color a larger world map, or students could color them individually.
  • The teacher can use the maps as a springboard to discuss the importance of biodiversity and the need to preserve habitats.
Scientist Notes
This resource introduces students to the terrestrial biomes found across the globe and the importance of biodiversity and conservation. The resources are especially thorough for those wishing to learn even more about the different terrestrial and aquatic biomes. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 3-ESS2-1 Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.3.K-2 Use maps, globes, and other simple geographic models to identify cultural and environmental characteristics of places.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.5 Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 1 - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
      • VA:Cr1.2.2a Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.
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