Project #76165 - Lab Biomes

Lab : Biomes


 The Scientific Method :

As you go through the lab, the scientific method will be your guide to the process. Click here for more information about the scientific method.

There are two basic categories of communities: terrestrial (land) and aquatic (water). These two basic types of community contain eight smaller units known as biomes. A biome is a large-scale category containing many communities of a similar nature, whose distribution is largely controlled by climate.


Terrestrial Biomes: tundra, grassland, desert, taiga, temperate forest, tropical forest. Terrestrial biome distribution is shown above.
Aquatic Biomes: marine, freshwater.


1. Explore and report on one of the terrestrial biomes shown in the map above.
2. Develop a virtual poster to be presented to your class in an online virtual presentation session.

Time Requirements:

This lab should take three to four hours to complete.

Recording Your Observations:

Click here to download the lab report for this lab. In this lab, you will be creating a poster, so there will not be a need to submit your report - you will be submitting the poster. However, we encourage you to use the lab report to gather your data.


Enter The Lab:

Dissection Lab Entry

  1. Enter the lab, The World's Biomes, University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology. Read about the general topic of biomes and then click a link and learn more about a particular terrestrial biome (such as desert, grassland, etc.) to begin your research for this project.
  2. Visit a number of websites (a few starters are listed below) that deal with the topic of biomes.  Gather (and cite!) information and images to prepare a virtual poster session.
  3. In your poster session presentation, you will need to detail the creatures that live in the biome you have chosen, both plants and animals. Also, focus on the environmental conditions that constrain distribution of your biome (for example, hot, dry deserts are limited in their distribution by…)

Example sites: What’s it like where you live? This Missouri Botanical garden site provides links to more information on specific biomes and their plants. World Biomes, Another site that organizes a wealth of data on biomes. Biomes.

Submitting Your Lab Report:




Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 07/13/2015 12:00 am
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