Biomes & Ecosystems Webquest 5th Grade

Introduction

A travel agency is trying to boost travel to different parts of the world by increasing the advertising and selling vacation packages. You have been hired to make a presentation to sell a travel package.
 

Task

Working as a group, develop a short presentation to the class to sell your vacation package. Presentations can be in the form of a PowerPoint, a poster, a flyer, a brochure or a website. (Maybe-After all presentations are finished, the class will vote on the most appealing vacation. Winners will receive a bonus!)

Vacation Packages

taiga (coniferous forest)
tundra
tropical rain forest
desert
temperate grassland or prairie
savannah (also listed as grasslands on some sites)
temperate deciduous forest
freshwater (lakes, rivers, or streams)
ocean or marine
 

Process

Each team will be assigned a biome by the teacher. It is the team's job to research the biome and gather facts and information about that biome. Each member of the team will become an expert in a particular aspect of the biome.

Team Roles

Botanist - this person will be an expert in the plant life of the area
Zoologist - this person will be an expert in the animal life of the area
Meteorologist - the weather expert, should also determine the best time of year to vacation in the biome, and what kinds of clothes to bring
Geographer - map and area expert, will show landmarks, major cities and places a tourist should visit, or activities related to that area (climbing, scuba..etc)

Discuss with your team which role each of you will assume. Remember that you are all responsible for learning about the biome you are presenting, but your role reflects an area of particular focus for you as your research.

Each team member should choose a website from the resource list and find their biome, they should record facts and information about the biome that would be useful in the presentation.

This fact sheet will be turned in to show that you did your share of the group work. Please do not print out whole webpages, a list of facts on notebook paper is acceptable.

Remember your role. You can write down anything useful you think the team will need, but your focus should be on the role you were assigned (Geographer, Meteorologist, Zoologist, Botanist)

Some questions to consider:

What kinds of activities could people do in this location?
What kinds of plants and animals live there?
What kind of clothes should they bring?
What's the weather like?
What is the best time of year to travel there?
What part of the world will they be travelling to?
Are there any dangerous elements involved in traveling there?

Rejoin your group and discuss your findings and develop your presentation.

Presentations can be in the following formats:

1. A flyer that you can hand out to the class (ask your teacher to make copies). Microsoft Office has a publisher program to help make pamphlets.

2. A web page (poster). http://poster.4teachers.org/ is an online service that makes it easy to make web posters and publish them online. Teachers will need to sign up for this service or use a comparable service. Or you could use Glogster (ask Mrs. Stalder for usernames & passwords).

3. Make a real poster on poster board. Make a self standing project board that has pictures and information about your biome.

4. Make a museumbox on the web to present to classmates in a web format.

5. Make a presentation using PowerPoint and present to the class on a digital project.

Resources

Biomes - Missouri Botanical Gardens
http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/

The World's Biomes
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/

*Also you are free to use search engines, such as google, to locate information, IF approved by your teacher because you have already tried the other websites.
 

Evaluation

You will be evaluated using four assessments.

Description: http://users.manchester.edu/student/jestrange/MatterWebQuest/j0299587.gif The Student Self Asssessment will be worth 50 points.

Description: http://users.manchester.edu/student/jestrange/MatterWebQuest/j0299587.gif The Teacher Assessment will be worth 50 points.

 

This entire project is worth 100 points.

■ A population consists of all individuals of a species that are found together at a given place and time. Populations in one place form a community. The community and the physical factors with which it interacts compose an ecosystem. (7.1a) ■ All organisms require energy to survive. The amount of energy needed and the method for obtaining this energy vary among cells. Some cells use oxygen to release the energy stored in food. (5.1c)