Anticipatory Set (Focus)
Biome Background Knowledge Activity 1: “Whose Home is This?”
● Students are handed a concept web graphic organizer as they enter the classroom.
● As a “Bell Ringer” activity, the following images are displayed on the SmartBoard and students identify/name each of the 10 biomes, as well as web any inhabitants (fauna or flora) that reside there, listing specific scientific terms if possible: (predator, prey, omnivore, herbivore, carnivore, deciduous, conifer, perennial, reptile, amphibian, mammal, nocturnal, etc.)
- Coniferous Forest
- Temperate Deciduous Forest
Teacher Input and Modeling
Activity 1 continued: “Whose Home is This?”
● After individual brainstorming is complete (no more than 5 min.), the class discusses and shares their results on the board.
● The teacher displays the concept web G.O. and has students add their results to the organizer.
● The teacher suggests some scientific vocabulary as the class progresses through the biomes and adds terminology offered by the students. (The teacher might want to give students time to refer to their AP Environmental Science textbook or notes to recall academic vocabulary .)
● The teacher then displays a blank Frayer vocab card and selects one scientific term to model: deciduous leaf-shedding trees; trees or shrubs that lose their leaves seasonally (most commonly during autumn) and to the shedding of other plant structures such as petals after flowering or fruit when ripe
Non-example of deciduous=Evergreen trees hold their leaves.