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Taiga Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

This lesson plan covers the taiga biome. Through visual representation of the flora and fauna of the taiga, students gain a greater understanding of the taiga and are encouraged to investigate it further.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain what a biome is
  • Explain the animals, plants, and climate of the taiga biome
  • Recognize a taiga biome in comparison to others

Length

50 minutes

Materials

  • Large printout picture of taiga landscape (photo or artist's depiction)
  • cut-out of several plants and animals found in taiga and several that are not
  • magnets

Key Vocabulary

At the conclusion of this lesson, students should be able to identify and define the following vocabulary terms:

  • biome
  • taiga

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Instructions

  • Before class, print 16 pictures of plants or animals often found in the taiga. Also, print 8 pictures of plants or animals that are definitely not found in the taiga. Be sure that each picture roughly fits the size of the magnets you have, and that they include the text name of the organism.
    • Be sure the organisms you choose are not borderline species and definitely cannot be found in the taiga. Tropical species like leopards or palm trees are a good choice.
  • Paste or tape your animal and plant cut-outs onto the magnets.
  • Place your large picture of the taiga landscape on the board.
  • When students arrive, have them watch the video lesson Taiga Biome: Animals Plants, Climate & Location.
  • Stop the lesson before the 'Location and Climate of Taiga Biome' section.
  • Hold a short discussion on 'biomes'. Ensure all students understand what a biome is before moving on. Some example discussion questions:
    • What makes a biome unique from other biomes?
    • Can you name a few examples of biomes?
  • Watch the rest of the video.

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