Exploring Biome Shifts With Climate Change

by: Karen J. Graham, Lara M. Gengarelly, Barbara A. Hopkins, and Melissa A. Lombard

This high school Earth and space science and life science lesson has the following learning goals for students: use quantitative methods to identify the two to three most abundant tree species in a forested field plot (Activity 1); investigate future climate scenarios using global climate models and recognize that the climate predictions vary and depend on emission scenarios (Activity 2); use the Tree Atlas tool to investigate how different climate models and emission scenarios will impact local tree habitats (Activity 3); and construct an explanation of a shift in biomes using evidence synthesized from the global climate models, Tree Atlas tool, and Interactive Biome Map (Activity 4). A teaching rationale, teacher background information, and assessments are provided. This book selection includes the Table of Contents, Preface, Acknowledgments, About the Authors, and Index.

Grade Levels

High School


Biology Climate Science Earth & Space Science Lesson Plans Life Science Science and Engineering Practices


Type Book ChapterPub Date 3/29/2017Pages 47Stock # PB410X_4.5

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