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Biome Builder is an activity in which players acquire a certain number of KiloCalories in a Bingo-like game. Then, working in groups, they construct a tiny animal community within the limits of their resources.

Six different biomes are featured: Desert, Tundra, Grassland, Coniferous Forest, Deciduous Forest, and Tropical Rain Forest.

Click here to download pdf file called biome_bu.pdf

 Topic  Allocation of energy resources in an ecological system.
Comparison of ecosystems
 Activities  Bingo-like play leads to vigorous small group discussion and the use of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as available energy is allocated. Students choose animal types and sizes based on resources in the biome.
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Optional but Helpful: A piece of cloth or butcher paper 1 meter square helps with visualization.

 Follow Up  Make lists of animals in the biome, create drawings or dioramas. Compare the populations of different ecosystems. Try doubling the area and see if that changes the kinds of animals that are chosen.

Downloadable file contains information, directions, and 36 different game cards.

CAUTION: Animal caloric requirements vary widely and are related to weight, activity level, and environmental temperature. Caloric requirements in the game are almost certainly not accurate: they are guesses based on available information and then simplified so that we can think with them. Warn students of this please! Then have fun seeing how energy has to be shared

Click here for list of required materials and sample game card.

Click here to download pdf file called biome_bu.pdf

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© 2000. Elizabeth Anne Viau. All rights reserved.  Individuals may print out and use this game in the classroom but the materials may not be sold. If you got good discussion with the game, send me an email! eviau@earthlink.net