Researching Biomes Leads to Third Grade “Biome-in-a-Bag” Project


Before school let out for the summer, third grade students investigated a variety of biomes.

The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines biome as “a major ecological community type (such as tropical rain forest, grassland, or desert)”.

As an introduction to biomes, and a review of habitats, the students saw the movie “Born in China” at the theater in Park Place Mall.

“Our students studied where each biome was located and both the plants and animals that lived in each. When we were familiar with each biome, our classes created a Biome-in-a-Bag using their favorite biome,” says third grade teacher Mrs. Ahrendt.

Students included plants and animals and decorated the bag like their biome.

Some students engaged in a biome scavenger hunt. Since we live in the desert, students hunted for plants and animals that, of course, live in the desert. With thanks from the Garden Club, the kids found succulents; they also found lizards, many birds, a coyote (thankfully, it was on the mural!), and even saw a hawk soaring overhead!

Students then compared our desert plants and animals with those found in other biomes such as the ocean, Arctic, rainforest and grasslands.

Way to go, students and teachers!