The Minnesota DNR uses the word “biome” to describe a biological community. Usually,
biomes occur over large areas and include many similar plant communities and the animals
that live in them. (MN DNR-Biomes Sheet)
• Students will identify Minnesota’s four main biomes.
• Students will identify characteristic vegetation and animals found in each biome.
• Students will describe and compare factors that define each biome.
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS
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TEACHING NOTES / CONTEXT FOR USE
1. Read out loud a journal excerpt from the biome where your school is located.
These can be found in the online classroom at http://www.willstegerfoundation.
org/minnesotaschangingclimate. Ask the students to write an excerpt in their own
journal that describes the plants and animals they see every day. Compare and
contrast journal excerpts, discussing why there may or may not be similarities.
2. If there is time, read an excerpt from another biome and discuss.
Assessment is at the discretion of the educator as to how the resource is used and what they intend to gain from using it.
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