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Gallery Walk Questions about the Biosphere

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created by Mark Francek, Central Michigan University

The following are potential questions that could be used in a gallery walk activity about the biosphere. The questions are organized according to the cognitive level at which students are engaged, using Bloom's Taxonomy.


Describe the unique adaptations life must make in the following environments? In the second column of the chart, list where these environments might exist in the solar system.

Deep sea vents
Antarctic dry valleys
Hypersaline environments
Thermal hot springs
Deep Earth Habitats


Describe how vegetation patterns are impacted by a) climate b) topography c) soil d) humans e) geology f) time



Contrast how nutrients are cycled in the following ecosystems:

a) arid and semiarid
b) coastal, marine, and freshwater
c) forest
d) mountain
e) agricultural



Judge how increasing urban land at the expense of forests and grasslands would impact the a) atmosphere, b) biosphere, c) hydrosphere, and d) lithosphere.

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Learn more about creating questions for Gallery Walk using Bloom's Taxonomy

To see a more fully fleshed out example of a Gallery Walk activity, check out either Weather Map Interpretation or Soil Morphology.