Our planet is made up of a diverse collection of ecosystems. From vast, salty oceans to freshwater streams, from deciduous forests to the damp soil under a log, from mountain tops to deserts, the variety of ecosystems has led to the great diversity of life on the Earth.

You will be exploring the large ecosystems, called biomes, with your partner and cepiebiomes1.jpgreate a Wikipage of your findings.

Biomes:

Desert
North Pole
Taiga (boreal forest)
Estuaries
Open ocean
Temperate deciduous forest
Intertidal zone
Rivers & streams
Temperate grasslands
Lakes & ponds
Savanna
Tropical rainforest
Mountain
South Pole
Wetlands

What to research:

1. Abiotic Factors

  • Where is your biome located? (latitude; part of the world)
  • General climate: temperature, precipitation, humidity
  • Other abiotic factors: landscape, soil pH, types of seasons, etc.

2. Biotic Factors

  • Plants: What are three common plants found in your biome? Describe any adaptations that they have to live in the biome.
  • Animals: What are three common animals found in your biome? Describe any adaptations that they have to live in the biome.
  • Describe one typical symbiotic relationship that occurs in your biome.
  • Describe one typical predator-prey relationship that occurs in your biome.
  • Endangered animal: identify one endangered animal that's found in your biome. How did it become endangered? What, if anything, is being done to help improve it's population size?
  • Write a food chain with at least four organisms found in your biome. Include arrows and trophic levels.

3. Importance to Humans

  • How have humans used your biome in the past?
  • Describe how do humans currently use your biome.

4. Environmental Concerns

  • What are the major threats to your biome?
  • What is being done to help repair any damage done by humans or to preserve the habitats that make up your biome?
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In addition:

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  • Be sure to include appropriate pictures of the plants and animals discussed
  • Include the headings from the "What to Research" section to separate your answers
  • Be creative in your use of color, headings, tables, and picture placements to make your Wikipage organized and eye-appealing. Be careful to not make your page distracting and difficult to follow.
  • You work cited should include good quality sources -- not Wikipedia or Wikipedia-like websites.
  • Write four good quality objective questions (multiple choice, true/false, matching, fill-in-the-blank with a word bank) and e-mail them to Mrs. Epie by the deadline. NO CREDIT will be given for open response questions.

Grading Rubric

Task
Exceeds Expectations

4
Meets Expectations

3
Working Towards
Expectations
2
Below Expectations

1
Information

(20 pts)
All of the information has been provided and explained in detail; the wording is unique with no spelling or grammatical errors
All of the information has been provided; the wording is unique with no spelling or grammatical errors
The wording is unique; most of the required information has been provided OR there are spelling and grammatical errors
Much of the required information is missing OR some of the wording is not unique
Pictures

(4 pts)
More than 7 pictures are included that are relevant to the topic and are of good quality (not blurry and a good size)
Seven pictures are included that are relevant to the topic and are of good quality (not blurry and a good size)
Seven pictures are included but they either detract from the Wikipage OR are of poor quality
Two of the following occur: less than seven pictures, the pictures are not relevant to the topic OR are of poor quality
Wikipage Design

(8 pts)
The Wikipage is eye appealing and well organized (using Headings, Tables, Colors, etc.)
The Wikipage is organized (using Headings and Tables)
The Wikipage is organized but lacks Headings and Tables
The Wikipage is disorganized and difficult to follow
Work Cited

(4 pts)
At least four quality sources are cited
Three good quality sources are cited
Two good quality sources are cited
One good quality source is cited
Scavenger Hunt Questions

(4 pts)
Four good quality objective questions & answers; do not need editing; at least two different types
Four good quality objective questions & answers; do not need editing; all the same type
Either four objective questions & answers are submitted but at least one needs editing OR there are only three objective questions & answers
Either there are less than 3 objective questions, no answers are given, more than one needs editing OR the answers cannot be found on the Wikipage

Failure to meet any of the announced deadlines will result in a deduction of points.