Biosphere Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

Your students can gain an appreciation and understanding of the biosphere through this lesson. They will watch and discuss a video, research and present as a group, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define and differentiate between biosphere and other spheres
  • Describe the different biomes that make up the biosphere
  • Describe the different life forms in the biosphere


1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.


  • Computer with projector
  • Student computers
  • Copies of the lesson quiz
  • Poster boards
  • Art supplies such as colored pencils, markers, glue, scissors
  • Nature type of magazines


  • Start your lesson by explaining to your students that there are different spheres that exist within the one big earth sphere.
  • Tell them that they are going to learn more about the specific sphere we live in while they watch Biosphere: Definition & Explanation
  • Begin playing the video lesson for your students and stop it periodically to have discussions.
  • Stop the video at 1:09, ask and discuss:
    • What is the biosphere? Was our definition correct?
    • What is the lithosphere?
    • What is the atmosphere?
    • What is the hydrosphere?
  • Stop the video at 2:45, ask and discuss:
    • Where are the places where we find life on earth?
    • What are biomes?
    • What are ecosystems?
  • Stop the video at 4:26 to ask and discuss:
    • What is ecology?
    • What is a primary producer?
    • What has caused earth's temperature to increase?
    • How does that affect the biosphere?
  • Let the remainder of the video play.

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