We finished reading about Biosphere 2 with regard to Ecology and Human Impacts and for the past two weeks the students have been working in pairs designing their own BIOME to be added to Biosphere 2. The students requested to make a slide show for their presentations.
Designing a new BIOME to add to Biosphere 2 With your partner, brainstorm, design, draw and explain your new biome. Remember, each person in the partnership must be an active member in the process. For your new BIOME, you must include:
Name of biome
Size with statistics
Number of scientists living in the biome
Function of the biome
Descriptions of labs that will be performed in this biome
Needed materials, etc to be brought into the biome from the outside
Next week, the students will be making their BIOME presentations.
For Veterans Day, we will be studying the Code Talkers of WWII
We have been reading a very interesting booklet about Biosphere 2 in Tuscon, Arizona. We have reviewed the Non-fiction structure to support learning about new concepts. The students are learning how to use post-it notes to keep track of main ideas in each section. Later, they will be using their notes to write a summary of what is a Biosphere.
The fourth and fifth graders will be investigating the following science unit for the greater part of first semester:
4th and 5th Grade Life Science Unit: Ecology and Human Impacts
Essential questions for the unit:
How do organisms get the energy they need to survive?
How do the earth’s systems function together to support life on earth?
How does human use of these systems shape and impact the resources needed by all organisms to survive
Presently, the students are learning all about biospheres and how the interrelationships of biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem that must be present in order to create a functioning food web that transforms energy of the sun into food that can support life. There are many labs involved for hands-on learning.