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Description:

The Global Committee for Environmental Conservation has chosen your team to research this remaining portion of the biome so that you can rebuild and restore it by reintroducing the native species. Unfortunately, budget constraints will only allow your team to reintroduce designated numbers of the following organisms: plants, protists, fungi, invertebrates and vertebrates.

Your team must work together to carefully decide which organisms in these categories are the most important to the biome to ensure the continuation of this biome. If you are careless in your choices, the biome will be unbalanced; the organisms will die out and be lost forever, like the dinosaurs.

Once your biome has been rebuilt, humans will most likely re-inhabit the biome. To prevent human activity from endangering your newly restored biome you must research and develop plans that will allow humans to inhabit this biome and use its resources for monetary gain while minimizing environmental degradation .

Once all the research has been completed, your restoration and preservation plan must be presented in a Power Point presentation to the committee.

 

Essential Question:

After a devastating meteorite impact, how do you plan to rebuild a balanced, productive biome that is ecologically and economically sustainable?

 

Process:
Your team will be assigned a biome. The World's major biomes include:

Terrestrial

Forest - Coniferous/Taiga Forest - Temperate Deciduous Forest - Tropical Rainforest
Desert - Polar, Tundra Grassland - Temperate Grassland - Tropical, Savanna
Desert - Hot Desert - temperate Desert - Hot

Aquatic

Marine Freshwater

Your team must:

1
Research and complete the student project planning page(s) for each of the given sections (below) as they relate to your particular biome. We will work one section at a time as we progress through the semester and will be due on Quiz day. (See the timeline for specific due dates for each of the sections below.)
2
Complete in-class and homework scaffolding activities for each section.
3
Submit one individual journal entry to your teacher via e-mail per section. Due before class on your Quiz day. This is a private communication between you and your teacher to report on project progress, problems, disasters, successes, cooperation etc.
4
Complete a quiz on the section outcomes (as listed on the calendars for each section).
5
Develop a multimedia project that addresses the essential question. We will begin with the storyboard as we start section 3.
6
All written material for your group must be placed in your group folder prior to the Quiz for the section.

 

Individual Sections:

Click on the links below for the directions for each section.

Section I

Biomes

Protists & Fungi

Multimedia