Lab 4: Climate Patterns and Life (Biomes)

The lab activity described here was created by Betsy Youngman of TERC for the EarthLabs project.

Summary and Learning Objectives

Students learn about Earth's biomes and the intimate connection between those biomes and the climates that help to define them. They examine maps and diagrams of biomes and climate patterns and consider the threats that changing climatic patterns present to existing biomes.

After completing this investigation, students will be able to:

  • compare climate patterns from a variety of regions of the globe and explain how climate is defined by precipitation and temperature; and
  • give examples of the relationship between climate and the living environment (the biome).

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