- deciduous forest
- evergreen forest
The only preparation for this activity is to pull up YouTube videos with sounds of the biomes.
- A computer with Internet intalled, equiped with speakers or a tablet with internet.
- After instruction on several of the biomes, have students enter class to the sounds of a tropical rainforest on YouTube. Ask the students to think about the sounds they hear and discuss them as a class. (numerous varieties of birds, rain, thunder, insects, etc.)
- Give students an informal assessment by having them write down which biome they think this is, giving them choices if necessary.
- This process can be repeated as a warm-up with a different biome each day or as a longer activity in one day.
Biomes to include:
- deciduous forest
- After all have guessed, students with low vision who may benefit from the visuals can take a look at the screen and as they do so, the instructor should describe it for the class.
- Alternatively, play the sounds from at least 2 biomes and have students think about and guess which is which after giving them choices or have the students work as teams.
- For a student learning this content in a general education science class, this idea could be shared with the general education science teacher or used in one-on-one pull out time with the student to supplement instruction on this content.
LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior
Being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves, and cope with changes. Groups may serve different functions and vary dramatically in size. (Note: Moved from K–2) (3-LS2-1)
For any particular environment, some kinds of organisms survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. (3-LS4-3)
LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
Populations live in a variety of habitats, and change in those habitats affects the organisms living there. (3-LS4-4)