Biomes of the Earth's Surface

Contributor: Ann Keeney. Lesson ID: 11679

You have probably traveled to, or seen pictures of, different places in the world. Have you noticed that different places are home to different animals and plants? Find out why as you explore biomes!


Life Science

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Have you ever noticed the different trees, animals, and insects in your neighborhood? Did you ever wonder why they are found in your area? Why are those particular ones there and not others?

The world you live in is composed of many smaller habitats.

Think about your town, your neighborhood, and your family. They are all part of your life but in different ways. Put them all together and they form your own little world!

Biomes are environments that make up the world we see as a whole. Each biome, like your family, has unique characteristics. Scientists have studied the six biomes found in the world.

They are:

  • desert
  • tundra
  • wetlands
  • grasslands
  • oceans
  • forests

Each biome has different types of animals and plants — or fauna and flora — that were created for that particular environment. Watch this video by einygarcia63, Biomes of the World (below) to discover each biome. Take notes in your notebook and challenge yourself to answer the following questions:

  1. What are two animals found in the desert?
  2. Where can you find a tundra?
  3. What are two animals found in the wetlands?
  4. What is found in abundance in grasslands? Name two of them.
  5. What five animals are found in the oceans?
  6. What are the three forests? Name two things unique to each one.


After you complete the questions, re-read the questions in the opening section of the lesson. Think about the trees, plants, and animals in your area. Discuss your answers with a parent or teacher.

  • Do you understand your biome now?

Now, move on to the Got It? section to discover more about biomes and prepare for a research project.

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