As part of our family heritage study, the students discovered the many different countries that their ancestors came from – 20 countries are represented in all! We located each country on a world map, which sparked a wonderful conversation about our planet and the interesting things we know about Earth. Next, we compared this map to a map showing the different climates of the world. We saw that many of our ancestors came from very different places around the globe, and we began wondering what those places were like. This led to our interest in studying the biomes that were represented in our ancestry – the rainforest, the tundra, the deciduous forest, the boreal forest, and the chaparral region.
Our discussions helped us to discover the different factors that contribute to the classification of biomes - plants, animals, and climate. The students have been discussing how the cultures of these different regions vary greatly depending on those factors. Therefore, their family heritages and traditions are shaped by the biomes where their ancestors came from.
The students are divided into five groups, each studying a different biome. They have written questions, and will begin research this week. Check back to learn more about our exciting biome project!