Idea for Use in the Classroom

Share the infographic with students and ask: What is the relationship between a biome, an ecosystem, and a habitat? Have students rank each according to their relative size. Ask students: Which habitat was used in the infographic? How many other habitats do you think are within that ecosystem? Have students name all the habitats they can see within the ecosystem depicted in the infographic. Then have them name any other ecosystems they can see in the biome featured in the infographic. Ask students: What do you notice about the taiga/boreal forest biome of the world? Students should note that although it spans different countries and continents, it is spread over the same latitudes.

Pair students and ask each group to select an organism to research. Explain that they will need to find out about the organism’s habitat, ecosystem, and biome. Remind them to use the infographic to guide their research and to verify the biome they find aligns with the definition of a biome. Then have them create a similar infographic using their organism and its ecosystem.

abiotic
Adjective

characterized by the absence of life or living organisms

Noun

area of the planet which can be classified according to the plant and animal life in it.

biotic
Adjective

having to do with living or once-living organisms.

boreal forest
Noun

land covered by evergreen trees in cool, northern latitudes. Also called taiga.

deciduous
Adjective

type of plant that sheds its leaves once a year.

Noun

area of land that receives no more than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of precipitation a year.

Noun

community and interactions of living and nonliving things in an area.

evergreen
Noun

tree that does not lose its leaves.

freshwater
Noun

water that is not salty.

Noun

environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

migratory
Adjective

organisms that travel from one place to another at predictable times of the year.

organism
Noun

living or once-living thing.

Noun

area of tall, mostly evergreen trees and a high amount of rainfall.

savanna
Noun

type of tropical grassland with scattered trees.

spawn
Verb

to give birth to.

taiga
Noun

(continental climate) region that experiences long, cold winters with very little precipitation. Also called a boreal or subarctic climate.