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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom, 45 minutes
  • Worksheets

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Create a Biome Map

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  • In this activity, students choose three biomes to research. Then they color them on the world map and add the key map and compass.
  • Students write a paragraph describing the biome and then discuss the effects of climate change on the biomes and suggest possible solutions.

Teaching Tips


  • This activity develops students' research, geography, analysis, and cartography skills.
  • It includes several exercises that have more than one objective and a link to help students with their research.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to be familiar with the following: key, compass, biomes, and how to describe aspects of physical geography such as biomes.
  • The teacher must print the student handout for each student.


  • Support group: The teacher can guide students in their research and help them write their paragraph by outlining the main ideas.
  • Extension group: Students could research more than three biomes.
  • Students can create a diorama of one of their three biomes using a shoebox and present to their classmates.
  • Other recommended resources include BiomeViewer and Exploring Biomes in Gorongosa National Park.
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
      • 4-ESS2-2 Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
      • 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
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