Biome Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

With this lesson plan on biomes, your students can see how physical geography and geology can have a major impact on biomes which, in turn, impacts animal and plant life in a given environment.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to complete the following:

  • name the five main categories of Earth's biomes
  • define and describe the characteristics of each of the biomes
  • provide basic information about sub-categories of biomes
  • analyze the characteristics of different biomes and their impact on animal and plant life


60 minutes


  • Chart paper
  • Cards with pictures of plants and animals from each biome, enough so that students might be evenly grouped by biome (if there are 25 students, you'll need five plants/animals from each of the five biomes)
  • Markers, colored pencils, crayons
  • Tape or sticky putty dots

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.

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