This interactive module explores biomes, climate, biodiversity, and human impacts around the globe and at different times.
Are there frogs on Mount Everest? What is the weather like in the Congo Basin in February? Do any endangered species live in my neighborhood? This data-rich Click & Learn allows students to investigate answers to these questions and many others. They can “drop a pin” in any location to see historic climate data, detailed wildlife descriptions, stunning pictures, and more. They can also explore global trends in natural features and human activities, including how patterns of human settlement and agriculture have changed the planet since 1700.
The accompanying “Student Worksheet” guides students’ exploration. It introduces the various types of data in BiomeViewer, and delves deeper into biodiversity data and human impacts on the environment.
Student Learning Targets
- Make observations and inferences based on patterns across biomes.
- Make evidence-based claims for how human disturbances could have impacted biodiversity in different biomes.
anthrome, climatogram, ecosystem, precipitation, rainfall, species, temperature, terrain, vegetation
HS-LS2-6, HS-ESS2-2, HS-ESS2-4; SEP2
SYI-2.B, SYI-2.C; SP2, SP6
Topic(s): 1.2, 2.1, 9.10
Learning Objectives & Practices: ERT-1.B, ERT-2.A, EIN-4.C, SP1, SP2, SP5, SP7
CC5; DP3, DP4