Taiga Biome Activities

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

The taiga is a diverse and fascinating biome covering a large portion of the world. Use these activities to help students identify the characteristics of the taiga biome and its importance.

The Terrific Taiga

With lots of trees, an abundance of wildlife, and the some of the lowest temperatures in the northern hemisphere, the taiga is a unique biome. Many students may not be familiar with the taiga, but it is the world's largest land biome. Learning about the characteristics of the taiga can help students understand the world around them and the importance of different biomes in helping to create biodiversity. Let's look at some activities to help students explore the taiga.

Taiga Diorama


  • Pictures of the taiga biome
  • World map
  • Shoe box or small cardboard box
  • Art supplies (markers, paint, paintbrushes)
  • Construction paper
  • Clay
  • Glue

Teacher Directions

  1. Show the class pictures of the taiga biome and discuss its characteristics. Use the world map to show the students where the taiga biome is located.
  2. Divide the class into pairs and give each pair a shoe box or small cardboard box.
  3. Have each pair use the box to make a diorama of the taiga biome using art supplies, construction paper, clay, glue, etc. Encourage the students to create the diorama so that the characteristics of the biome are easily seen.
  4. When the students are finished, have the pairs present their dioramas.

Discussion Questions

  • What makes the taiga biome unique?
  • How is the taiga similar to or different from the biome we live in?

Taiga Food Web


  • Pictures of taiga plant and animal life
  • Example food web diagram
  • Access to online and/or print resources about taiga plants and animals
  • Cork board square
  • Thumbtacks
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Blank paper
  • Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, pens, etc.)

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