Ch 6: Biomes & Ecosystems Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

These extensive lesson plans about biomes and food chains can help you prepare your lectures for your next science class. Our lesson plans are connected with related science lessons that address major topics your students need to review.

Biomes & Food Chains Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Our lesson plans along with our corresponding lessons found in this chapter can assist you with supplementing your current curriculum to include more focused lessons and activities about biomes and food chains. Whether you want to incorporate our lesson plans into your classroom directly or use these plans as an outline, these teacher resources are here for your benefit. The biomes and food chains lesson plans elaborate on some of the following topics:

  • Biomes found on Earth
  • Ecological niches
  • Ecosystem characteristics and habitats
  • Life in the ocean and oceanic biomes
  • Examples of the food chain and food web

Each of our lesson plans keep a tight focus on a single topic, which will assist you with keeping your students engaged as they learn the materials. Furthermore, the lesson plans offer you different approaches and strategies you can use in the classroom as you go over these science topics.

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives: The elaborate lesson plans ensure that your students complete the learning objectives for their biomes and food chains unit
  • Curriculum standards: Our materials align with the standards set by Common Core, so you know that our tools will help you improve your current curriculum
  • Vocabulary words: This chapter defines major terms and concepts related to biomes and food chains
  • In-class activities: Many of the connected lessons provide activity ideas you can incorporate into your classroom

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning science lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific biomes and food chains topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related biomes and food chains lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important science concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant science-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

50 Lessons in Chapter 6: Biomes & Ecosystems Lesson Plans
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Biomes Lesson Plan for Elementary School

1. Biomes Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Students can learn about the different biomes of earth in many ways. This lesson plan utilizes a reading passage, group activity, and individual quiz assessment to teach students about biomes.

Biome Lesson Plan

2. Biome Lesson Plan

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.

Overview of the Earth's Biomes

3. Overview of the Earth's Biomes

Biomes are defined both climatically and geographically as areas with similar factors, such as plants and animals, soil quality, and growing seasons. In this lesson, we'll learn about the five major categories of the Earth's biomes.

Ecosystems Lesson Plan

4. Ecosystems Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about ecosystems. Explore habitat and abiotic features, then take a look at population density. Finish up with an engaging activity.

Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches

5. Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches

Check out this video lesson to understand the many complex aspects of an ecosystem. See how animals live in habitats and survive amongst their surroundings.

Habitats Lesson Plan

6. Habitats Lesson Plan

What is a habitat? A video lesson helps illuminate this concept for students while an activity gives them a chance to recreate an animal habitat. Extensions and related lessons are included to support further instruction.

What is a Natural Habitat? - Definition & Habitat Destruction

7. What is a Natural Habitat? - Definition & Habitat Destruction

There are many places that animals, plants, and other organisms call home - their natural habitats. In this lesson, you will go over a few natural habitats and discover ways in which some are being destroyed.

Biodiversity Lesson Plan

8. Biodiversity Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will explore the topic of biodiversity, including how it is important to ecosystem stability. Students will define some related terms and construct a written response that incorporates all new information presented in the lesson.

What is Biodiversity? - Definition and Relation to Ecosystem Stability

9. What is Biodiversity? - Definition and Relation to Ecosystem Stability

Imagine making a list of all of the species you have ever heard of; it would be an enormous list! There are many different species on this planet. This lesson will explore the diversity of species, as well as the different types of diversity and how diversity of life is essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Biodiversity Activities & Games

10. Biodiversity Activities & Games

Do your students understand the importance of biodiversity to our Earth? Check out some engaging activities and games that deepen your students' understanding of biodiversity.

Tundra Lesson Plan

11. Tundra Lesson Plan

Learning about biomes can seem overwhelming and dull to many students. This lesson will help you teach students about the tundra biome with an engaging lesson and a fun activity that allows for creativity.

Tundra Biome: Climate, Locations, Plants & Animals

12. Tundra Biome: Climate, Locations, Plants & Animals

There is a place on this Earth so harsh that only a handful of plants and animals can even survive there. This place is known as the tundra biome, and this lesson will explore the characteristics that make this biome unique.

Taiga Lesson Plan

13. Taiga Lesson Plan

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.

Taiga Biome: Animals, Plants, Climate & Locations

14. Taiga Biome: Animals, Plants, Climate & Locations

The taiga biome is an ecosystem specific to the far northern areas of North America, Europe, and Asia. It is characterized by long, cold winters, short, cool summers, and lots of coniferous trees. Learn more about these regions and take a quiz at the end.

Deciduous Forest Lesson Plan

15. Deciduous Forest Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about deciduous forests. A video lesson explains what deciduous forests are, details their characteristics, and identifies the plants and animals that live there. Discussion questions, cooperative learning experiences, an activity, and a quiz make learning last.

Temperate Deciduous Forests: Climate & Examples

16. Temperate Deciduous Forests: Climate & Examples

This lesson will explore the unique characteristics of the temperate deciduous forest biome. The lesson will also discuss animals and plants that can be found in this biome and the adaptations they have developed to ensure survival.

Grassland Lesson Plan

17. Grassland Lesson Plan

Teach your students about grasslands with this lesson plan. A video lesson defines the term and explains the climate, plants and animals that live in this biome. Students interact with content by discussing and working in cooperative groups to synthesize ideas, then apply to an activity.

Temperate Grassland Biome: Climate, Plants, Animals & Locations

18. Temperate Grassland Biome: Climate, Plants, Animals & Locations

A biome is a naturally-occurring community of plants and wildlife that occupy a major habitat. In this lesson, we will examine the temperate grassland biomes found around the world to gain a better understanding of them.

African Savanna Lesson Plan

19. African Savanna Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plant to teach your students about the African savanna. Students will read a text lesson that explains what it is, where it is located, the climate and wildlife it supports. Discussion questions guide learning along with hands-on activities and a quiz to check understanding.

African Savanna: Lesson for Kids

20. African Savanna: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever heard of the African savanna? It's a fascinating place with lots of amazing plants and animals! Learn where the African savanna is located, what its weather is like, and lots of fun facts about the plants and animals that live there.

Desert Activities for Elementary School

21. Desert Activities for Elementary School

Are you looking for fun and engaging strategies to use on while teaching your elementary students about deserts? This lesson will provide many examples for different types of learners.

Habitat Activities & Games

22. Habitat Activities & Games

Learning about habitats is a great way to connect students to the world around them. These games and activities provide students with multiple ways to learn about habitats while connecting with peers and having fun.

Biome in a Bottle Lesson Plan

23. Biome in a Bottle Lesson Plan

It is interesting to learn about different areas of the world. Your students will have an enjoyable learning experience as they watch a video and then work in groups to create their own biome in a bottle.

Yellowstone Ecosystem Lesson Plan

24. Yellowstone Ecosystem Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the components of the Yellowstone ecosystem. Students will be able to describe the components using related vocabulary.

Yellowstone Ecosystem: Type & Biotic Components

25. Yellowstone Ecosystem: Type & Biotic Components

In this lesson, we'll be learning about the Yellowstone ecosystem that surrounds Yellowstone National Park. We'll explore what the biotic components are and how they work together to maintain one of the largest temperate ecosystems in America.

Grassland Biome Activities

26. Grassland Biome Activities

This lesson details several activity ideas for teaching about grassland biomes in fun, engaging ways. Students will love learning about this unique biome through these hands-on and minds-on activities.

Taiga Biome Activities

27. Taiga Biome Activities

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.

Terrestrial Biome Activities

28. Terrestrial Biome Activities

Looking to freshen up your terrestrial biomes unit? This lesson details several activities that will captures students interest and enhance learning. Activities range from material-light explorations to material-heavy inquiries.

Biome Project Ideas for Middle School

29. Biome Project Ideas for Middle School

One major topic in middle school science classrooms is the study of biomes, which are the different types of vegetation and animals that live in an area. The study of biomes lends itself to a plethora of projects for middle school students.

Desert Ecosystem Project Ideas

30. Desert Ecosystem Project Ideas

Desert ecosystems are comprised of the plants, animals, and non-living things that interact within a very dry area. These projects help students learn about the desert environment with activities that address multiple learning styles.

Savanna Biome Project Ideas

31. Savanna Biome Project Ideas

The savanna biome can be an exciting place and students of all ages will enjoy learning all about it. These projects ideas, including both individual and small group, will engage students while learning the different elements of the savanna biome.

Biome Project Ideas for High School

32. Biome Project Ideas for High School

High school students are better able to make connections when actively engaged in the learning process. In this lesson plan, students will be actively engaged in projects while learning about different biomes.

Ocean Biome Project Ideas

33. Ocean Biome Project Ideas

The ocean biome contains fascinating information that your students will enjoy learning. Elementary and middle school students will readily engross themselves in these active learning projects.

Grassland Biome Project Ideas

34. Grassland Biome Project Ideas

There are some major grasslands around the world for students to learn about. With these projects, you can help students find new and creative ways to engage with this biome.

Deciduous Forest Biome Project Ideas

35. Deciduous Forest Biome Project Ideas

The deciduous forest is home to many species of trees that lose their leaves each winter. The following three projects will teach your middle school students about the many characteristics that comprise these vast woodlands.

Desert Biome Project Ideas

36. Desert Biome Project Ideas

Desert biomes are an important part of the global ecosystem. This lesson presents projects for elementary and middle school aged students to deepen their understanding of these amazing environments.

Freshwater Biome Project Ideas

37. Freshwater Biome Project Ideas

Streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes provide unique environments where certain plants and animals thrive. These projects support learning about freshwater biomes through hands-on experiences.

Marine Biome Project Ideas

38. Marine Biome Project Ideas

Covering 70% of the Earth's service, our marine biomes are extremely important. These projects will help your students get engaged in the process of learning about the marine biomes of the world.

Taiga Biome Project Ideas

39. Taiga Biome Project Ideas

Learning about the taiga biome can be both fun and interesting and is an important concept for students to understand. In this lesson plan, students will be involved in taiga related projects to help solidify understanding and make learning fun.

Tundra Biome Project Ideas

40. Tundra Biome Project Ideas

The tundra biome, known to be the coldest of all biomes, is most commonly associated with Arctic regions of the earth. This lesson focusses on the many interesting characteristics associated with the tundra biome.

Ecosystem Lesson Plan for Elementary School

41. Ecosystem Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What ecosystem do your students live in? Teach them the answer to this and other questions about ecosystems with this lesson plan. A text lesson provides direct instruction of facts, followed by a comprehension game, quiz, and activity.

Pond Ecosystem Lesson Plan for Elementary School

42. Pond Ecosystem Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What individual parts work together to create a pond ecosystem? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key facts about pond ecosystems. An activity allows students to build their own pond ecosystem.

Forest Ecosystem Lesson Plan for Elementary School

43. Forest Ecosystem Lesson Plan for Elementary School

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about forest ecosystems. They will build upon their knowledge with a short research and creative writing activity.

Ecosystem Equilibrium Lesson Plan

44. Ecosystem Equilibrium Lesson Plan

Students may be familiar with the term ecosystem, but do they know the importance of keeping it in balance? Students will learn about ecosystem equilibrium in this lesson. They will read a lesson, answer discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Ecosystem Equilibrium: Definition & Example

45. Ecosystem Equilibrium: Definition & Example

In this lesson we'll be learning about what equilibrium in ecosystems looks like. We'll explain the importance of equilibrium and look at examples of different ecosystems in and out of equilibrium.

Ecosystem in a Jar Lesson Plan

46. Ecosystem in a Jar Lesson Plan

In this lesson, the students will learn about ecosystems, what they are, and how they work. They will also have the opportunity to create their own ecosystem in a jar.

Ecosystem Development Project Lesson Plan

47. Ecosystem Development Project Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help teachers develop an ecosystem project with their students. Students will create their own ecosystem and observe the interdependence that allows the ecosystem to thrive.

Flow of Energy in an Ecosystem Lesson Plan

48. Flow of Energy in an Ecosystem Lesson Plan

Energy is the main reason why we and all other animals eat. Your students will have an interesting learning experience as they watch a video and draw energy pyramids.

Ecosystems Unit Plan for 4th Grade

49. Ecosystems Unit Plan for 4th Grade

Ecosystems must be understood in a broader context, as well as explored on a deeper level. When this unit is complete, your fourth-grade students will be able to define, describe, and give detailed examples of ecosystems.

Biodiversity Unit Plan

50. Biodiversity Unit Plan

Exploring biodiversity with your middle or high school students can be quite a fun experience! This unit plan guides you through the steps to build student familiarity with various concepts, from ecosystem equilibrium to the rainforest biome.

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