Session status Around the World - Biomes







Before we can learn about biomes, we have to learn about climate.
Climate tells us the following about a place on the earth:

  • How much rain and snow falls. (precipitation)
  • How hot or cold it is. (temperature)
  • The number of hours that the sun shines (hours of daylight).
Climate is the weather a place has over a long period of time (50 years). Weather may change each day, but climate is the type of weather that people expect for the region in which they live.

This is a climate graph.

The blue bars show the precipitation by month.
The precipitation scale is on the left

The red dots on the curved line show the temperature by month. The temperature scale is on the right.

Click on the world map and then click on the yellow squares
to view climate graphs around the world.

Climograph created by:
Michael Ritter
Professor of Geography
Department of Geography & Geology
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point


  1. Which location has the highest temperatures?
  2. Which location has the most precipitation?
  3. Which location has the lowest temperatures?
  4. Which location has the least precipitation?


A biome is a group of plants and animals that live in a place because the climate is just right for their needs.
Click Biomes of the World Map

This interactive map was created by:
Michael Ritter
Professor of Geography
Department of Geography & Geology
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Watch the Video - Comparing Desert and Forest Biomes.
  • List some of differences.
  • Would you rather live in a forest or a desert? Why?

Comparing Forests & Biomes


1. Study the pictures in the scroller on the left.

  • What is the climate of a desert biome?
  • What plants and animals live in a desert biome?


Click to Listen
Desert Biome

2. Listen to the description of a desert biome. What did you learn about desert biomes? Write your notes in the box below.


Desert Biome

3. Click on the video on the left to learn about desert biomes.
Write a few facts that you learned.

Click to View Larger Graph

4. Graph the growth of a Saguaro Cactus using the following data:

Year Height
10 .5
25 2
50 10
60 18
150 50
200 0

Click to Build Your Graph Online - Build Graph on Paper - View Math

Describe the life cycle of a Saguaro Cactus. Tell how the Saguaro provides for the needs of other animals.

5. Click on the map at the left to learn more about deserts.

Write a few facts that you learned.

Hot Desert Food Web

6. Click to Listen.
Now, click the image on the left to view the Hot Desert Food Web.

Answer the following questions:

  1. What is a primary producer?
  2. Name some of the primary producers.
  3. Name some primary consumers. What do they eat?
  4. Name some secondary consumers. What do they eat?
  5. Name some tertiary consumers. What do they eat?



Click to Read
Deserts at MBGnet

7. After visiting the "Desert Links". Write a few facts that you learned. Write the number of the link after each fact.

Google Earth ~ Visiting Deserts

Sonoran Desert

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