gazelleComparing Ecosystems Mini-Project

Introduction: There are many different types of biomes on the planet that are characterized by a certain weather pattern, dominant plants and dominant animals. These areas are also called ecosystems. In some areas, particularly those biomes that are close on the map, you will have some overlap of plant and animal species. For instance, deer can be found in grasslands and in temperate forests. In this activity, you will work together to create a VENN diagram to compare two ecosystems, illustrate what features are distinct to each and what they have in common. Each group will have a pair of ecosystems to investigate.

*Computers with internet connections may be helpful, alternately students can use textbook, magazines and other classroom resources.

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5
Tropical Rain Forest
Temperate Forest

Rivers & Streams
Ponds & Lakes

Temperate Oceans
Tropical Oceans

venn diagramInstructions: As a group, brainstorm a list of animals and plants you can find in each ecosystem. Find any animals or plants that you would probably find in both areas. The venn diagram can also include other features of the ecosystem, such as average temperature, physical features, geography. You may want to start with a rough draft, then revise a "clean" diagram to turn in.

You can print out a copy of the venn diagram that shows two overlapping circles, or create one yourself. The venn diagram can also be created the computer using a word processing program.

Finally, include a drawing, clip art or photo printed from a website, or a picture from a magazine for each ecosystem you studied. You may include more if it is appropriate.

Helpful Website: Missouri Botanical Gardens - Biomes

Grading Rubric 1 pt 2 pts

3 pts

Venn Diagram shows similarities between two ecosystems that are valid and comprehensive.      
Venn Diagram shows properties unique to each ecosystem, addresses all of the characteristics      
Venn Diagram contains 2 pictures - one for each ecosystem.      
Venn Diagram has all the appropriate titles and labels.      
TOTAL (out of 15) x 2

venn diagram