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NASA Earth Observatory: Biomes (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)
This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website allows students to investigate biomes and then test their knowledge by completing missions. The site provides basic data about each biome such as temperature, precipitation, vegetation, location, description and links. Biomes discussed include coniferous forest, temperate deciduous forest, desert, grassland, rainforest, shrubland and tundra. The two missions (available at beginner and advanced levels) are designed to teach students about the relationship between temperature and precipitation and plants in biomes. A teacher resource guide provides details about goals, expected outcomes, extension ideas, and hands-on activities.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Lab activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Text:
    • Glossary
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
Subject:
  • Ecology
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Any and all materials published on the Earth Observatory are freely available for re-publication or re-use, except where copyright is indicated. We ask that NASA's Earth Observatory be given credit for its original materials.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-003-407
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Characteristics of organisms
        • Life cycles of organisms
        • Organisms and environments
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
        • Objects in the sky
        • Properties of earth materials
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understanding about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Changes in environments
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
        • Population and ecosystems
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
        • Sci. / tech. in society
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Interdependence of organisms
        • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'NASA Earth Observatory'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Earth Observatory