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Project 1: PANDAmonium

Project: PANDAmonium

Attention Grabber: Pictures of animals interacting with kids at the zoo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVIjckwltkk

You are a team of Biome specialists would have been hired to help design a new Zoos habitats.  You will either be of a Forest (Temperate, Deciduous, and tropical)Biome specialist, Aquatic (Fresh and Marine)Biome specialist, Grassland (prairie & savanna) Biome specialists, Tundra & Taiga (Boreal Forest) Biome specialists or a Desert Biome specialist.

Your Team is faced with a crisis!!!!  There are problems with our Zoos! People are calling for the release of animals from captivity.  Others say there is no problem.  Your task is to work with your teams specialists to redesign Zoos and all of their habitats to ensure the optimal living environment for the animals.

You must:

Language Arts Components - 40 points

  • Research (Using at least three different types of resources):

    • Animal habitats (Biomes) and their components

    • Zoos (Good or Bad)

  • Maintain a daily “Zoo Keepers” journal.

  • Close Read related science articles.

  • Write arguments to support claims regarding animals being kept in captivity with clear reasons and relevant evidence supporting the Science Components.

  • Develop a 10 minute presentation including:

    • Habitat designs

    • Habitat plans

Science Components - 60 points

  • As a group, design a 5 biome habitat for a new zoo.

  • You must have a design plan that describes in detail what components will be included in your zoo.  The science requirements that must be included in your plans for your Zoo are listed below:

    • You must have all five biomes represented in your zoo with the identities of all five biomes clearly shown; one of these biomes must be aquatic (I would strongly suggest including information about estuaries.).

    • In each of the five biome within your zoo, you must describe the primary producers (plant species) found specifically in that biome. And how its’ biomes geographical location affects its survival.

    • Each Biome/habitat must contain an accurate food chain and food web with an explanation of how sunlight is the source of energy for most food webs. Details: the Food Web should contain a minimum of 10 organisms with at least 4 Trophic levels and one decomposer. Construct a food web for your biome using pictures of organisms you have obtained or you can draw them. You can obtain pictures (photos or sketch) from the Internet but you must label the picture with the URL address from the page you copied. Google,Bing, and internet explorer are search engines not website and will not have the correct URL.  Visit the actual website for the correct URL address.

  1. Pictures copied from other sources such as books must also have a bibliography reference.  Each organism must be labeled with its' common or scientific name.

  2. The arrows should clearly indicate the energy flow. You can have more than 10 organism if your need to in order to make sure everything has an energy source.

  • Each biome within your zoo must have a written description of the consumers (animal life) found in its ecosystem .

  • Explain how organisms and communities compete for resources in nature and how you will deal with this within your zoo.

  • Include a miniature map that identifies the location of your entire ecosystem that will be displayed in front of your exhibit at the zoo.

  • Provide a written/typed description of the abiotic factors affecting your biomes ecosystem such as climate, temperature range, shelter, amount of water, amount of sunlight/shade requirements, and any seasonal variations that your flora (plants) and fauna (animals) will need in order to survive in your mock biome.

  • Include information on what type of adaptations the animals and plants in the Biome have that allow them to survive in that Biome.

  • Include a brief (no more than one paragraph) statement on how humans have impacted the various ecosystems.

Examples of Zoo Designs and Zoo games:






Website Resources:

Title: Biomes of the World

URL: http://www.worldbiomes.com/

Title: National Geographic

URL: National Zoo Article

URL: National Geographic - Food Webs

Title: PETA

URL: PETA - Animal Advocate Organization

Arguments For or Against Zoos


Title: Northern Coniferous Forest Biome and Temperate Deciduous Forest Biome

URL: http://www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/Forsite/ncfbiome.htm

Annotation: Published by Virginia Tech's Forestry Outreach Site, this Web site has great background information on the taiga or coniferous forest biome, especially on the vegetation occurring there.

Title: http://www.timeforkids.com/news-archive/science

Title: Biomes of the World

URL: http://www.mbgnet.net/

Annotation: Published by the Missouri Botanical Gardens, this Web site has background information on all biomes. This is an excellent resource for all the information your students will be looking for, including plants, animals, climate, and much more!

Title: Science articles


Title: The World's Biomes: Forests

URL: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/forests.html

Annotation: Published by UC Berkeley, this Web site gives some background information on all three forest biomes. If you go to the home page, you can access information on all biomes.

Title: Food Chains and Food Webs

URL: http://www.ducksters.com/science/ecosystems/food_chain_and_web.php

Title: Food Chains

URL: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/content/animals/kidscorner/foodchain/foodchain.htm

Title: Food Web Tutorial

URL: http://biology.tutorvista.com/ecology/food-web.html

Title: Competition

URL: http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/species-interactions-and-competition-102131429

Title: Competition

URL: http://www.biotopics.co.uk/newgcse/Competition.html

Title: Climate control

URL: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Publications/Zoogoer/2012/2/Enriching.cfm

Title: Smithsonian National Zoological Park

URL: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Education/OnlineResources/

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