Thematic Units - Ecosystems - Biomes

Ecosystems - Biomes

You will find various Lesson Plans on the top portion of this page.
Further down, you will find Web Sites.
At the bottom of the page, you will find Books that you can order directly from Amazon.com!


Lesson Plans

The Teacher's Corner Resources This indicates resources located on The Teacher's Corner.

The Teacher's Corner Resources The Ecosystem Grades 3-5
A great activity to incorporate the all time favorite, 'I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly' into your classroom.
Submitted by: Michael Szewczyk Cooper198@email-removed , a fourth grade teacher at Berkeley Terrace School in Irvington, New Jersey. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Habitats Grades 2-4
A great idea for your study of habitats. It provides students with visual and hands-on activities.
Submitted by: pwelch@email-removed

Biomes in a Box Grades Intermediate
Students will construct a model of a biome which will illustrate the various biotic and abiotic factors unique to that biome.

Create a Food Web Grades 2-4
This is a variation of a game called Web of Life.

Farlandia Grades 4-6
This is a fun and creative multi-media interactive web site lesson plan for science .

Habitat Breakdown Grades 3-5
At the end of this activity the student will have a new understanding of how insects/organisms are impacted by factors that are essential to an organism's survival in a particular habitat. The students will understand how lacking just one element of a habitat (food, water, shelter, and space) can affect an organism's chance for survival.

"Habitat Collage" Grades K-1
The students will be able to have certain knowledge of where certain insects can be found.

Ocean Planet Grades All
Explores the role of oceans in our lives.

Regions: Meet the Experts Grades 3-5
Students will gather information and create a web site on prairies and plains using a variety of resources, including the Internet.

Wanted! Grade 2-4
Students will be able to identify the habitat, survival characteristics, and whether an insect is a predator or herbivore in this lesson.

Web of Life Grade 2-4
The following lesson plan involving insects will introduce ecosystems and Life cycles to the students. The students will understand how each insect contributes to the overall web of life.

What Are Ecosystems? Grade 3
The student will be able to recognize and understand ecosystems.

What Makes Up an Ecosystem? Grades 6-8
The students will be able to develop a model of an ecosystem in a cooperative learning group.

Who Lives Here? Grades 2-4
The students will be able to identify camouflage as an example of adaptation and describe the importance of adaptations.

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Web Sites

General Sites

Biomes
These web pages were developed by approximately seventy 9th grade students at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon in 1997. This was an integrated Science, Literature, and Health project.

Digital Map Collection
Digital Maps collected at the University of Texas at Austin. Some require Adobe Acrobat Reader. Go to the FAQ page for more information.

Earth Observatory Mission: Biomes
This website is sponsored by NASA and is a great resource.

Ecology Links at KSU
Definitions and papers like "How Much Energy Does It Take to Keep a Wolf Happy?"

Introduction to Biomes
General biome information better suited for an adult reference.

Schoolyard Habitats
This site from the National Wildlife Foundation provides ideas and information to help students and their teachers create or enhance the habitats around their school buildings. The site contains a rage of plans and activities, so that schools in lots of different settings can find creative ways of improving their own local habitats. There are lots of illustrations and links to additional resources.

Tour of Biomes
Tour various biomes around the world.

The US Geological Survey Search Page
The USGS has made an enormous amount of information available. This is particularly valuable for those searching for information about the US.

What's it Like Where You Live?
This is a GREAT site! My kids and I have used it for our biome study.

The World's Biomes
This is an introduction to the major biomes on Earth.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre
This site contains an extensive listing and some unique links.

Tundra
Archaeology of the Tundra and Arctic Alaska
Dig up information about coastal communities.

Arctic Circle
A nice site about issues related to use and preservation of Arctic regions.

Arctic Research Consortium of the United States
A compendium of information from several organizations; includes a magazine Witness the Arctic.

Tundra: The Not-So Barren Land
Facts and photos of this biome known for its frost-molded landscapes, extremely low temperatures, little precipitation, poor nutrients, and short growing seasons.

Grasslands
Even more information
Just one more site that provides general information.

Friends of the Prairie Learning Center
This center on the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge has information on the plants and animals of the prairie, as well as info on restoration and preservation of prairies.

GORP
Serengeti National Park Snack on some tidbits of information.

Grasslands
Find out about the grasslands around the world.

Serengeti Frog
A story about a frog and how much of nature is hidden from us.

Serengeti National Park
Truly more information than you'll need from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

Coral Reefs
Belize Coral Reef
Learn about the second largest continuous coral reef in the world.

Coral Reef Research Center
Papers and Links that focus on the Great Barrier Reef.

Sea World
A great site with lots of information. Animal Bytes

Desert
California Online Highways
A bit more information from a magazine.

Desert USA
A great site with plenty to keep you busy.

National Park Service
Mojave National Preserve.

Florida Everglades
Ecosystems of the Everglades of South Florida
More good stuff.

Florida Everglades 101
A wonderful, complete course on this unique ecosystem.

Forests
Alaska's Cold Desert
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: America's Last Great Wilderness. Learn about the threats facing the North slope from the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.

Rainforest Research Project
Cool stuff about life in the rainforest, plant medicines, and the Maya.

The Sierra Club
A site that focuses on the peril that the park faces.

Taiga
Read about this ecosystem, also called the boreal forest, that can be found across North America and Eurasia.

Yosemite Institute Teaching Sites
The institute provides several pages of information.

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park's official site.

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Books

Boreal Forest
A Walk in the Boreal Forest (Johnson, Rebecca L. Biomes of North America.)
by Rebecca L. Johnson

Deciduous/Temperate Forest
A Walk in the Deciduous Forest (Johnson, Rebecca L. Biomes of North America.)

by Rebecca L. Johnson

Temperate Deciduous Forest (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
by April Pulley Sayre

Desert
A Walk in the Desert (Johnson, Rebecca L. Biomes of North America.)
by Rebecca L. Johnson

Deserts (Biomes (Austin, Tex.).)
by Christy Steele

Desert (Biomes of the World)
by Edward R. Ricciuti

Deserts (Ecosystems)
by Anna O'Mara

Desert (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
by April Pulley Sayre

Deserts (True Books-Ecosystems)
by Darlene R. Stille

The Deserts of the Southwest (Ecosystems of North America)
by Maria Mudd Ruth

Forests
Forests (Biomes (Austin, Tex.).)
by Julie Nelson

Forests : Biomes of Nature Series
by Joshua Rutten

The Rocky Mountains (Ecosystems of North America)
by Larry Bograd

Woods and Forests (Exploring Ecosystems)
by Patricia Fink A. Martin

General
Ecosystems & Environment (Science Topics)
by Ann Fullick

Encyclopedia of Biomes 3 Vol Set
by Marlene Weigel

Our Natural Homes : Exploring Terrestrial Biomes of North and South America (Our Perfect Planet)
by James M. Needham

Prairie
A Walk in the Prairie (Johnson, Rebecca L. Biomes of North America.)
by Rebecca L. Johnson

Grassland (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
by April Pulley Sayre

Grasslands (True Books-Ecosystems)
by Darlene R. Stille

The Prairie (Ecosystems of North America, Group 1)
by Alison Ormsby

Rain Forest
A Walk in the Rain Forest (Johnson, Rebecca L. Biomes of North America.)
by Rebecca L. Johnson

Rainforest (Biomes of the World)
by Edward R. Ricciuti

Tropical Rain Forest (Exploring Earths Biomes)
by April Pulley Sayre

Tropical Rain Forests (True Books-Ecosystems)
by Darlene R. Stille

Tundra
A Walk in the Tundra (Johnson, Rebecca L. Biomes of North America.)
by Rebecca L. Johnson

Ocean
The Atlantic Coast (Ecosystems of North America, Set 2)
by Olivia Skelton

Coral Reef (Sayre, April Pulley. Exploring Earth's Biomes.)
by April Pulley Sayre

The Pacific Coast (Ecosystems of North America)
by Maria Mudd-Ruth

Oceans (Biomes (Austin, Tex.).)
by Christy Steele

Ocean (Biomes of the World)
by Edward R. Ricciuti

Ocean (Sayre, April Pulley. Exploring Earth's Biomes.)
by April Pulley Sayre

Oceans (True Books-Ecosystems)
by Darlene R. Stille

Seashore (Sayre, April Pulley. Exploring Earth's Biomes.)
by April Pulley Sayre

Taiga
Taiga (Biomes of the World)
by Elizabeth Kaplan

Taiga (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
by April Pulley Sayre

Tundra
Tundra (Biomes (Austin, Tex.).)
by Julie Nelson

The Tundra (Ecosystems of North America, Set 2)
by Maria Mudd-Ruth

Tundra (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
by April Pulley Sayre

Wetlands
Discover Nature in Water & Wetlands : Things to Know and Things to Do (Discover Nature Series)
by Elizabeth P. Lawlor

Lake and Pond (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
by April Pulley Sayre

River and Stream (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
by April Pulley Sayre

Rivers and Streams (Exploring Ecosystems)
by Patricia A. Fink Martin

Wetland (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
by April Pulley Sayre

Wetlands (Exploring Ecosystems)
by Marylin Lisowski

Wetlands (True Books-Ecosystems)
by Darlene R. Stille

Wetlands : Biomes of Nature Series
by Andrew Donnelly

 

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