Many of our students refer to the Biome Project – and specifically the creation of their biome diorama (BIORAMA!) – as their favorite of the year. The Biome Project celebrates the best parts of project-based learning by having students work independently to create a project that is both academic and artistic. Plus, who doesn’t love learning about plants and animals?
Inspired by the Native Lands unit at NYC’s Earth School, the Biome Project has students conduct research on how animals and plants adapt to the climate of their biome. We start with mini-units on the rainforest and desert, the latter of which includes an awesome virtual field trip to California’s Anza-Borrego State Park. These units provide scaffolding for students eventually to do independent Internet research on a biome of their choice.
The end result of this research is the BIORAMA! Students are proud of the work they do in teams without teacher support and love the opportunity to work with arts and crafts in an otherwise tech-heavy program.
Check out the video below to see all our students working on the BIORAMAS! If you have had success with a similar unit, share it in the comments section.