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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: Mission: Biomes
Submitted by: Scott Cooper on Sep 29, 2009
Date Last Modified: Sep 29, 2009
Title: Biomes-Interactive Lecture
Description: 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: Supervised, Teacher-centered
Time Required 40 min
Topics: Biomes
Course: Introductory Biology
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Learning Objectives: 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.
Additional Information URL: http://serc.carleton.edu/dev/introgeo/interactive/examples/34456.html
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