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Where Would You Like to Live?

 

 

  By Victoria Carroll

 

Scenario

Task

Process

Resources

Evaluation

Conclusion

 

Scenario                               

 

The president of the corporation where you work has come to you for help. Apparently, many parts of the world are getting too crowded and people need more options on where to live. There are many places on our planet that are just waiting for people to move in. So, the president wants you and your team to prepare pamphlets of various biomes available for people to reside in. His last words were, “Make it highly appealing and very interesting” and he stormed out of the office.  Be prepared to make a 5 minute presentation to the president for approval.

 

 

Task

Develop a pamphlet of one or two pages that can be used for each biome. Information categories should be based upon what you need to know for each biome. Within this brochure you will be including general information about the selected destination, information about plants and animals, and a choice of types of homes. In addition, you must include pictures and images to appeal to the eyes of your readers. Remember, first impressions are always the most lasting impressions, so you'll want to create an out of this world brochure example.

Process                                 

1.      You must decide on which biome to research for your pamphlet.

2.      You need a 12” X 18” piece of construction paper or you may use a Print Shop program’s pamphlet template.  If you use the construction paper you will need to print, cut, and paste. The pamphlet must be typed either way you choose to use.

3.      Place a title on the front of your pamphlet.

4.      Your group next needs to distribute the following roles to each member of the group. Below is a list of roles that need to be fulfilled, followed by a description of the job that accompanies the role. In the "Resources" portion, you will find a list of websites to consult in order to complete each job effectively and efficiently. 

 Diplomat of Destination:  

The Diplomat will be the person who is providing a complete profile of the destination. The Diplomat should provide the following:

·         a detailed map of the destination

·         geographic, demographic, and environmental descriptions

·         population and weather reports

·         Include at least one chart

Historian/Tour Guide:             

The historian/tour guide is responsible for providing a brief history of the destination, in addition to finding areas of historical or trivial interest within the desired destination. The historian should research and include the following:

·         specific historical locations (at least 2)

·         a map and brief description of the significance of each historical location

·         Include a photo or clip art

Activity  Director:

Everyone likes to have fun where they live, so the activity director has an important job. He or she needs to find the hot spots or events at the desired biome. Remember, not everyone is alike. The recreation director needs to research and identify the following:

·         activities varying from indoor to outdoor and land to water.

·         names and locations of areas of interest

·         include photos or clip art

 

Zoologist/ Animal specialist.                         

Everyone loves animals.  The zoologist needs to research and identify the following:

·         animals that are indigenous to that particular biome

·         what important part do these animals play in this biome

·         photos or clip art of various animals

 

Botanist/ Plant specialist.                              

Plants are a big draw for prospective home buyers. The botanist needs to research and identify the following:

plants that are indigenous to that particular biome

  what important part do these plants play in this biome

photos or clip art of various plants

  Must be in color and eye-appealing.

Pamphlet must be complete and easy to read.

 

Come back together as a group and discuss and compare what information you have found as your designated position.

Brainstorm ideas on how to synthesize the information collected into a fabulous, eye-catching brochure. Make a layout of your brochure. You may have to use a cut and paste method for this task.

Type your brochure on the computer and insert graphics or paste onto construction paper for final product.

Write a one-page journal summary of what you did as your titled position and as a group. Each person is required to turn in the journal summary.

As a group, prepare for your presentation to the corporation president. Each person will be responsible for sharing what they found with their titled position. Transitions between speakers must be smooth and well rehearsed.

Resources

Go to the Desert to find your way through an oasis of facts and information.

Check out a book at the library. An excellent book is: Deserts by Neil Morris.

Find the book, One Day in the Desert by Jean Craighead George in the classroom library.

Visit the Taiga, a biome of many names.

Checkout the book: A Walk in the Boreal Forest by Rebecca L. Johnson.

  Where can you find a Kapok tree? Try looking in the Rainforest.

Several books in the library are available such as: At Home in the Rain Forest by Diane Willow and Rain Forests by Sheri Amsel.

Use the book, One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest by Jean Craighead George in the classroom library.

Take a walk in the Prairie. This land of tall grass and open sky is full of life.

Take a look in the book, A Walk in the Prairie by Rebecca L. Johnson or The Prairie by Alison Ormsby.

Go to the classroom library to find, One Day in the Prairie by Jean Craighead George.

Visit the land of permafrost and Reindeer moss. What are lichens?

Read Tundra by Susan H. Gray.

You may read, One Day in the Alpine Tundra by Jean Craighead George found in the classroom library.

Become the wizard of the Deciduous Forest by exploring this site.

Explore the forest in One Day in the Woods by Jean Craighead George, found in the classroom livrary.

  Evaluation

Your grade will be based on the following rubric, which tells how well you completed your biome project.

 

Not Done

0 - 1

Rank amateur

2 - 4

Budding scientist

5 - 7

Expert

Scientist

8 - 10

Score

Completes and turns in a typed pamphlet

Never

Turns in an incomplete pamphlet

Turns in a pamphlet late or partially incomplete

Turns in pamphlet on time and complete

 

Turns in a pamphlet with all criteria listed in the process

Pamphlet has no title, pictures, bibliography, is sloppy, and not readable; numerous grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors

Report has no title, pictures, bibliography, and is somewhat readable; grammar, spelling, and punctuation are poor

Pamphlet has no title, 1-2 pictures, and no bibliography; few grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors; font and format are not correct

Pamphlet has a title, 4 or more pictures, includes a bibliography, and is neatly done; no grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors; font and format are correct

 

 

 

Pamphlet includes information on animals, plants, the climate, and the location

Pamphlet has information on 1 animal, 1 plant, and does not discuss the climate or location

Pamphlet has information on 2 animals, 2 plants, and does not discuss the climate or location

Pamphlet has information on 3-4 animals, 3-4 plants, discusses the climate, and tells a location of the biome

Pamphlet includes information on 5 or more animals, 5 or more plants, discusses the climate in detail, and gives exact locations of the biome

 

 

Presents a brief, informative 5 minute oral presentation to the class

Does not give a presentation or material from the typed report is not presented

Discusses some aspects of the biome; material from the typed report is left out; outside the time limit

All material from typed report is covered, but is outside the time limit

All material from typed report is covered, adds numerous other details, and is within the time limit

 

Turns in a detailed journal of activities performed

Does not turn in a journal or only includes a few sentences.

Turns in a journal that is only half a page or does not include both individual and group activities

Journal is complete with few grammar mistakes and may be short in an area

Journal is typed, well written, and includes both individual and group evaluations

 

 

                                      

  Conclusion  

Congratulations! You have created some fantastic pamphlets about various biomes. People are already purchasing these pamphlets as they inquire purchasing homes in cities around the Earth. You have helped solve over-crowding in cities. From this experience you have learned a wealth of information about Earth’s different biomes and now have a deeper understanding of each biome and its characteristics.

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