“Make Me Fit”

A WebQuest for 4th Grade

 Biomes and Adaptations

Designed by Kelby Moul and Jennifer Cooper .

 

 


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Introduction

The world is made up of many different ecosystems. Ecosystems are also called biomes. Each biome is unique in its animals, plants, and climate. Within these biomes, the living organisms have adaptations to help them survive in these sometimes extreme environments. From forests to deserts to chapparals to marine biomes, the world has them all.  You are an ecologist who is researching the biomes of the world and the adaptations of the plants and animals that inhabit the different biomes.

What do each of the biomes look like?  How does the climate in a particular biome affect the lives of the living things that live there?  How have plants and animals adapted to survive in each unique biome?  It is your challenge to find out!


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Task

You are an ecologist who discovered a new animal in the Temperate Deciduous Forest biome. It is not surviving there. Based on the adaptations of that newly discovered animal, you need to persuade members of ECOGOALS of the suitability of this new animal to one of the other biomes of the world. You will research several different biomes, and then you will create the "perfect" animal with adaptations suited to live in one of the biomes. You will use your knowledge of the climate of the biome as well as your knowledge of the animal characteristics and adaptations common for survival in that biome to write a persuasive essay that convinces members of ECOGOALS (Ecologists for the Conservation of Global BiOmes and Living Species) that your animal is best suited to survive in a particular biome.


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Process

1. Click on and print the world map at the link below. Then, color the blank world map to show where different biomes are located (Use the Biomes of the World link). Be sure to create a key for your colored map and write the definition of "biome" on the map.

Blank World Map

Biomes of the World

2. You will research the Deciduous Forest biome with your teacher. Then, you will choose three other biomes from the chart to research. Print or open the Microsoft Word Research Form to record your data. Use the Internet Links to explore the biome.

Biome Name Research Form Internet Links
Deciduous Forest Form DF Forest
Forest Animals
Forest Plants
Taiga Form T Taiga
Taiga Animals
Taiga Plants
Desert Form D Desert
Desert Animals
Desert Plants
Rainforest Form R Rainforest
Rainforest Animals
Rainforest Plants
Grassland/Savannah Form GS Grassland
Grassland Animals
Grassland Plants
Arctic Tundra Form AT Tundra
Tundra Animals
Tundra Plants
 

 

3. After completing your research, you will select one of the biomes that was researched and based on the information you gathered about that biome, you will create the "perfect" animal suited to live in that biome because it cannot survive where you live in the Deciduous Forest biome. Using the ECOGOALS packet, begin to plan what your animal looks like, how it behaves, and why it is suited to a particular biome. Your teacher may have already copied this for you.

ECOGOALS Animal Planning Sheet Packet

4. Using the ECOGOALS Species Relocation Application, submit your request (persuasive essay) for relocation of your newly discovered animal to its most suitable biome. Submit your application in your portfolio.

ECOGOALS Animal Species Relocation Application

5. After finishing the ECOGOALS Species Relocation Application, submit it to your ECOGOALS representative (your teacher).   If you have convinced the ECOGOALS representatives of your animal's survival in a particular biome, you will receive a certificate of relocation.


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Evaluation

  O S U

Body Part and
Body Covering
Adaptations

Includes many details that describe how its body parts and body covering adaptations will help it survive in its new biome. Includes some details that describe how its body parts and body covering adaptations will help it survive in its new biome. Includes no detail that describe how its body parts and body covering adaptations will help it survive in its new biome.
Behavioral
Adaptations
Includes many details that describe how its behavioral adaptations will help it survive in its new biome. Includes some details that describe how its behavioral adaptations will help it survive in its new biome. Includes no details that describe how its behavioral adaptations will help it survive in its new biome.
Persuasive
Style
Clear supportive evidence is given for all reasons for relocation of animal to the new biome. Clear supportive evidence is given for some reasons for relocation of animal to the new biome. No supportive evidence is given for reasons for relocation of animal to the new biome.
Illustration Completely matches the written description and includes labels for all adaptation parts in the illustration. Partially matches the written description and includes labels for some adaptation parts in the illustration. Does not match the written description and includes no labels for adaptation parts in illustration.

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Conclusion

Enrichment and Extension Activities

Websites to Learn More

 


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Created by Jennifer Cooper and Kelby Moul - June 14, 2007 and updated on January 3, 2012.

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