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Biomes: Animals and Plants in Their Habitats

An Easy-to-Use Science Play
for Elementary School

Grades 1-5
25 minutes
$39.95
(2 or more Book/CD sets @ $30 each)

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Includes script, teacher's guide, and audio CD. The CD has all the songs recorded twice: first with singing, so you and your students can learn the songs, and then without voices so your students can perform without us singing along.

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For individual teachers/classes:
Book/CD - $39.95 for 1, $30/ea for 2+
Hint: order 1 for each teacher. (details)

For 3+ teachers or whole schools:
Site License - $75.00
Comes with 3 copies of book/CD plus unlimited photocopying rights (details)
School/site name:

Musical extras:
Vocal Score - $9.95 (details)
Extra/Replacement CD - $9.95

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This 25-minute musical play can be done as a complete play, skits, reader's theater, or you can just sing songs. No music or drama experience needed!

Come join this motley group of animals as they search for their own proper biome! Sure, these animal heroes are cute, but looks aren’t everything in a world of distinct and tough environments. To survive (and be able to sing all their catchy songs), they’ll have to learn about desert, forest, grassland, freshwater, tundra, and marine areas for which they are especially adapted. Of course they can do it, and survive the dumb jokes as well!

Biomes is a great complement to your life science curriculum and a fabulous way for students to learn about animal and plant habitats. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!

Key Concepts

Biomes refers to and reinforces students’ familiarity with the following aspects of the elementary science standards:

  • Individual biomes: deserts, oceans, tundra, forests, grasslands, and wetlands (fresh water)
  • Habitat and species adaptation: different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them survive and reproduce
  • Food chains and competition for resources in an ecosystem
  • Decomposers (recycling matter from dead plants and animals)
Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-52-3
© 2011 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"Love, love, loved the play. The songs were so much fun. The kids sang them everywhere they went. Every song was a different music genre, which I loved. The tunes were catchy and even our custodian was heard singing the biome song because he heard the kids singing when he cleaned the cafeteria while we rehearsed!

"They also learned a lot about the different biomes, which is a 2nd grade science standard. I think the kids learned more from the play than they did in class since we don't get to go into any real depth with science. The dialogue was informative, but also very funny. This is probably one of my favorite plays. The kids had a blast with this play and were very excited throughout rehearsals."

---Nancy Hopkins, Teacher (2nd grade), Fremont Elementary School, Fremont, CA

"Biomes suited our science and art classes to a tee! The kids studied habitats and the unique abilities of animals in their environment, then took that information and created their own backdrops (6 in all) and costumes in art class. The play was fantastic! Parents loved it. We had kids ranging in age from 3 to 14 participating and all learned something! My 2-year-old is still singing 'Biomes.' I want everyone to try a play once -- they will be hooked!"

---Mary Nolte Aragon, Home Educator (K-12th grade), Christian Family Schools Park Group, Pine Valley, CA

"The play puts the fun back into teaching and learning. During 'play-time,' I have full participation and no bad behaviors....ever! It really fits in with our state science standards. The tunes are so very catchy that it takes weeks to get them out of my mind! Students learn them quickly and love the different genres of music. I am completely satisfied and wish that I could have a copy of all your plays as a resource. Even if I was unable to put a play on, the songs are a wonderful way to learn."

---Susan Hufford, Teacher (2nd-3rd grade), Siena Magnet, Meridian, ID

"The kids play the CD every morning when they arrive in the classroom. I thought they might lose interest after their performances but they can't get enough. We had so much fun and learning science concepts included in our curriculum."

---Sheryl Farnum, Teacher (4th grade), Cascade Brook School, Farmington, ME

"This play is a lot of fun! I have used this musical for two years with 3 different groups. It has been a huge hit with both the students and the audiences. There is never a dull moment and the lively music keeps everyone on their toes! Our third grade science curriculum is mostly centered around animal and plant habitats/adaptations - so this is a perfect supplement.

"The most impressive thing about this script is that it is so EASY to remember. The lines are not overly complicated and are broken up among several actors easily. The story flows very well."

---Laura McDonald, Teacher (3rd grade), S.M. Rissler Elementary School, Trenton, MO

"Biomes was a great play. It fit in very well with my habitats chapter in science. The music was fun and easy to sing to. I did it in December and the students were able to perform very well even though they weren't high readers at that point. I had 5 students who came into the school year with no English. They were all able to learn their parts, and even asked for more lines on their next musical."

---Krista VanderLugt, Teacher (1st grade), The American International School of Vilnius, Lithuania

"The play connected well to the curriculum and was a springboard for many meaningful lessons."

---Jennifer Moerler, Teacher (2nd grade), PS 235, NY

"After watching my daughter's elementary school class perform Biomes, I was disappointed to see on your website that the materials for this play retail for $39.95. I question how the creators of such a program could be adequately compensated on such a pittance! Also disappointing is seeing my daughter unwittingly learn biology concepts by singing every word of every song of this play every day on the way to school. Surely, learning was not intended to be this enjoyable. It would certainly be interesting to find out whether there is any hard statistical evidence linking these songs to an increase in automobile accidents due to parents losing control of their vehicles while laughing hysterically. I will not rest until my daughter's school obtains more of your plays!"

---Dan Osier, (Hilarious) Parent, Olympia, WA

Casting

Flexible casting:
From 11-40 students. Use as many Starfish, Macaws, etc. in each scene as desired. One student can easily play several roles if needed, and individual roles can be doubled up. Note that all roles can be played by either boys or girls.

CHARACTERS:

ZOO KEEPER
KINGSNAKE
HERCULES BEETLE
AFRICAN ELEPHANT
LEOPARD GECKOS
STARFISH
MACAWS
GRASS
POLAR BEARS
ALLIGATORS
MUSHROOMS
CACTI

and a CHORUS composed of all students who are not playing
roles on stage at the time.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

(Alarm rings. KINGSNAKE, ELEPHANT, and BEETLE run
onto stage. THEY scurry around, then the KINGSNAKE
yells to the other two):

KINGSNAKE: Freeze! Here comes the zoo keeper!

(THEY freeze in silly positions. ZOO KEEPER runs in, looks
all around but can’t find them.)

ZOO KEEPER (after looking around the stage, to audience): Some animals have
escaped from the zoo! Keep your eye out. They’re very good at
hiding—especially that elephant.

(HE exits. The THREE animals unfreeze, and then run off
the other direction.)

Song 1 - Listen now!

CLASS:

Once there were some critters
So tired of the zoo
They want back to nature
But do not have a clue.

What habitat would suit them?
What spot would be their niche?
What could they adapt to?
What place would scratch their itch?

So one dark night
They all took flight
To find a brand new home
Who could have guessed
They’re on a quest
To find the right biome.

Biome
The right biome
They’ll search day and night
Biome
The right biome
We hope they can sight the right biome.
It could be a desert
That’s hot and very dry
It could be a grassland
With grass that’s four feet high.

It could be fresh water
In which you’d like to jump
It could be a forest
As long as it’s not Gump.

(ALL pause and shrug)

Yeah it could be
Some salty sea
There’s lots of life in there
They may go forth
Far to the north
To tundra cold and bare.

Biome
The right biome
They’ll search day and night
Biome
The right biome
We hope they can sight the right biome.
The right biome.
The right biome.

(KINGSNAKE, BEETLE, and
ELEPHANT (= THE TRIO)
enter, with two LEOPARD
GECKOS right behind.)

BEETLE: Great job knocking over that fence, Elephant.

ELEPHANT: I did that?

KINGSNAKE: I thought elephants never forget.

ELEPHANT: Oh yeah. I forgot.

KINGSNAKE: Okay, Beetle, what do we do now?

BEETLE: I don’t know, Kingsnake. I guess we just settle down. Maybe buy a
condo.

LEOPARD GECKO #1: You can’t do that!

ELEPHANT: Who are you?

LEOPARD GECKO #2: We’re Leopard Geckos. Remember? We escaped with you.

ELEPHANT: We ESCAPED?

KINGSNAKE (to GECKO): What do you mean, we can’t settle down here?

LEOPARD GECKO #1: You have to find your right biome.

BEETLE: Biome?

LEOPARD GECKO #1: Sure! The right habitat for your species—what you’re
adapted to.

LEOPARD GECKO #2: Take us Geckos. We’re adapted to the deserts of central
Asia.

LEOPARD GECKO #1: And we’ve adapted a great way to escape desert
predators—when someone grabs my tail, it falls right off so I can escape. Then it grows back later!

LEOPARD GECKO #2: You need to find the right biome for each of you.

Song 2 - Listen now!

LEOPARD GECKOS:

Go find your
Go find your
Find your place.

Animals and plants adapt
Go find your place
If they don’t then they get zapped
Go find your place.

Camels can drink once a week
Because it’s dry
Put a penguin in their place
And kiss that bird goodbye.
Kiss that bird goodbye.

GECKOS and CHORUS:
Go find your
Go find your
Find your place.

GECKOS: You and where you live are linked
CHORUS: Go find your place
GECKOS: Either that or go extinct
CHORUS: Go find your place.

GECKOS:
Arctic foxes’ fur turns white
To match the snow
Put them on the forest floor
And suddenly they glow.
Suddenly they glow.

GECKOS and CHORUS:
Go find your
Go find your
Find your place.
Go find your
Go find your
Find your place.
LEOPARD GECKO #1: Good bye! We’re off to our biome.

LEOPARD GECKO #2: Good luck finding YOUR habitat!

(THEY exit.)

KINGSNAKE: We’d better get moving.

ELEPHANT: Where are we going?

KINGSNAKE: You heard the Gecko.

ELEPHANT: We’re buying insurance?

BEETLE: Come on. The ocean is right over there. Maybe that’s where we
belong.

(THEY trudge across stage. STARFISH enter from other
side. THE TRIO trudge back across stage and see the
STARFISH.)

BEETLE: Hey look in that tide pool. Who are you?

STARFISH #1: We’re starfish, also called sea stars.

STARFISH #2: We live in the marine biome.

STARFISH #3: It’s the largest ecosystem.

KINGSNAKE: You think any of US belong here?

(STARFISH look them over very carefully.)

STARFISH #1: I don’t think so. At least not here in the tide pool.

STARFISH #2: But the ocean has a lot of different zones—estuaries, the open
sea, the deep ocean.

STARFISH #3: There’s a lot of strange stuff out there—we’re sticking right
here, close to shore.

Song 3 - Listen now!

STARFISH:

’Cause out in those waters
There’re floating sea otters
The whale and dolphin and shark
And deep in the ocean
There’re weird things in motion
And creatures that glow in the dark.

It’s nasty, oh brother—
They’re EATING each other!
And there isn’t one without scars.
Our tide pool’s not taxing
We sit here relaxing
Where starfish are always the stars.

STARFISH and CHORUS:

Close to shore
Close to shore
Stuck right here
Evermore
In this tide pool we’re nobody’s fool
Close to shore.

It’s nasty, oh brother—
They’re EATING each other!
And there isn’t one without scars.
Our tide pool’s not taxing
We sit here relaxing
Where starfish are always the stars.

Close to shore
Close to shore
Stuck right here
Evermore
In this tide pool we’re nobody’s fool
Close to shore.
Whew!

(THEY exit.)
KINGSNAKE: Come on. Let’s go this way.

(THE TRIO trudge across stage.)

BEETLE: Who made YOU our leader?

KINGSNAKE: I’m a KING snake. That makes me the king.

ELEPHANT (pleased): Does that make me a princess?

BEETLE: NO! You are an ELEPHANT.

ELEPHANT: But I feel so pretty.

KINGSNAKE: Does it seem hot to you guys?

MACAW #1 (as MACAWS enter): Of COURSE it’s hot. This is a tropical
rainforest.

MACAW #2: We’re Macaws.

BEETLE: You look like parrots.

MACAW #1: We are! We’re one of hundreds of different kinds of parrots.

MACAW #2: Rainforests are home to more than half of all living plant and
animal species.

KINGSNAKE: I’m not sure I’m cut out for all this heat and rain.

MACAW #1: Maybe you belong in a different kind of forest.

MACAW #2: A third of the land is covered with trees.

(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

Sample Songs

Click on the song name to hear samples. Please note that internet song samples have low fidelity and rest assured that the CDs we sell sound much better! (This player requires Flash. If you have any trouble hearing the samples, just contact us for help.)


Full Song List

1. The Right Biome
2. Go Find Your Place
3. Close to Shore
4. Forests
5. You Want to Be Grass?
6. Nothing Rhymes with Tundra
7. Food Chain
8. Fungi Are Your Friends
9. Adapted to the Desert
10. The Right Biome (reprise)

Common Core and Other National Standards

Science

Language Arts

  • Common Core Reading Standards for Literature: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Reading Standards: Foundational Skills:
    • K and 1st: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 2nd: Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 3rd, 4th, 5th: Phonics and Word Recognition, Fluency
  • Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Standard 10: Range, Quality & Complexity: Range of Text Types for K-5th

Fine Arts

  • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
  • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
  • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

Key Terms

biome
habitat
adaptation
species
extinction
tide pool
ecosystem
estuary
tropical
rainforest
deciduous
evergreen
coniferous
diversity
canopy
Serengeti
savanna
prairies
steppes
ice cap
permafrost
ice shelf
food chain
fungi
decomposer
enzyme
Mojave
Amazon
swamp
pond
lake
stream
river
predators
thermoregulation

General Vocabulary-Building

critters
niche
quest
condo
zapped
Arctic
insurance
taxing
zone
galore
cuisine
migrate
flair
algae
tadpoles
absolutes
seep