Sample Map - My Backyard Biome (Made with Popplet)


Biomes - Concept Map

Your task is to create an image (concept) map on a particular biome. The concept map should include terms and concepts related to the biome. Each group will have a different biome and must present the information to the class. Image can be created using concept mapping software or hand drawn. Images must be included, either digital or cut from magazines (or printed).


Coniferous Forest
Temperate Deciduous Forest
Tropical Rain Forest
Grasslands (temperate, savanna)
Freshwater Ecosystems
Saltwater Ecosystems


1. Place your biome (choose 1 from the above list) as a center concept on your map.

2. Make four branches from the center point for each of the following categories: animals, plants, climate, and interesting facts.

3. Research your biome to include terms and ideas for each of those main categories and link them on your map. Include photos or other images where appropriate.

Additional Resources

Concept Mapping Programs

Gliffy | Lucidchart | Popplet

Links to Biome Sites:

MBG Biomes

Berkeley Biome Exhibit

Blue Planet Biomes

Grading Rubric
Poor (1pt) Satisfactory (2pts) Good (3pts) Excellent (4 pts)
Organization Serious errors in organization, difficult to follow Some lapses in organization that effect coherence and unity Organization shows relations of terms, few lapses in organization but overall it is easy to read and understand Well organized and logical in all areas, map is organized in such a way that concepts and links are easy to follow and understand
Ideas Ideas are minimal, inappropriate or random Ideas are somewhat random, minimal, or repetitious shows well developed ideas (terms and concepts), enough to establish purpose of concept map ideas are pertinent, extensive, establish purpose and show all elements of the topic
Connections Concept map is mostly linear, with very few multiple connections to relate terms concept map is mostly linear, but has some connections that link multiple ideas concept map is presented as a web, terms are linked to multiple other terms terms and concepts are linked in web form, showing multiple relationships between concepts and ideas
Knowledge concept map shows very little overall knowledge of ecology and related terms concept map shows some knowledge of ecology and related terms, gaps are evident concept map shows a solid knowledge of ecology, and related terms, some minor gaps in knowledge, missing or misconnected terms concept map shows extensive knowledge of Ecology - links show an excellent and comprehensive understanding of ecosystems and the interrelatedness of organisms and environment
Items less than 10 concepts shown 10-14 items shown 15-19 items shown 20 or more items on concept map

Total _______ out of 20