This is designed as an in-class activity in which students are asked to predict which biomes would be present at a different location based on the temperature and precipitation.
Type of Task:
College General Ed,
College Lower Division,
Students should learn how to create a model to explain data and then use that model to make predictions.
Text of Learning Exercise:
This is used in lecture, the students are given a handout and slides of various biomes are projected. The students are then asked to predict which variables determine the location of a biome and to represent this graphically. The graphs are then collected and projected. A separate web tutorial can be used before or after class to reinforce these concepts.
We give average data for several specific locations. Another option would be to give a range of temperatures and precipitations for each biome, to generate a more general graph.
The materials are at the following link.