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Rainforest. Biomes of the World. What's a Biome?

Biomes of the World

Here we see two different biomes—deserts on the left and grasslands on the right. But both are land environments. Images by Bob Protus and Bkell. To make sense of complexity, humans often need to categorize, or group, things. We have food groups, sexes, eye colors, ages, and movie genres, to name a few. The natural world is more varied than we can imagine, and one way to try to make this variation easier to handle is to put different environment types into groups.

Usually we group the different natural areas on Earth into categories based on plant and animal life and how they are able to survive in that part of the world. This biome map shows both land (terrestrial) and water (aquatic) based habitat types. A biome is a type of environment that is defined by the types of organisms that live there. Biome vs. Biome categories can be broad or narrow. According to some people, all forest types belong in one group – the forest biome. How Different is Different? Biome Boundaries. Science for Kids: World Biomes and Ecosystems. What is an ecosystem?

Science for Kids: World Biomes and Ecosystems

Each individual plant and animal could not exist by itself on planet Earth. All living organisms need millions of other living organisms to survive. How these organisms interact with the sun, soil, water, air and each other in a specific area is called an ecosystem. An ecosystem describes a specific area where the organisms work together as a unit. It could be any size from a tiny pool of water to hundreds of square miles of desert. What is a biome? A biome is way to describe a large group of similar ecosystems. Map of the world biomes - Click on the map to see a larger picture Click on the biomes below to learn more about each one.

Land Biomes Aquatic BiomesThe Balance of the Ecosystem Ecosystems maintain important balances in order that all the organisms within the ecosystem can survive. The sun provides the energy needed by ecosystems. Some important cycles that occur in ecosystems to help maintain proper balance include: Humans and the Ecosystem. 10 Interesting Things About Ecosystems. Habitats of Animals. Science Inquiry Skills. There are some skills that are really important to scientists.

Science Inquiry Skills

Teachers can help students build these skills through science activities in school and students can practice them at home. Practicing these skills can be fun, and can make you a better scientist. Here are a few to try. Classifying The science of biology classifies living things into groups that are related to each other in a process called taxonomy. Communicating Scientist have to be able to communicate what they discover. Comparing and Contrasting This skill can be used whenever you use a model to help you understand the properties of an object or a system. Creating Models Models can help us understand something which is too large, too small, or too complicated to see and understand easily. Gathering and Organizing Data Keep a journal of plant and animal observations this spring and summer. Measuring Scientists record many of their observations as measurements.

Observing Predicting. ChemistNATE. Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge. The 2013-2014 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is now closed.

Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge

Team Advisors/Mentors - thank you for submitting your application (s). National winners and finalists will be announced in April 2014. Explore an array of FREE interactive tools such as videos, quizzes, virtual labs, and e-books that can help you challenge your students to change their world. Teams not only win big by learning how to make an environmental impact, but they can also win amazing prizes like $50,000 scholarships, Discovery adventure trips, tablets, green prize packs, and more! Animal Planet star Dave Salmoni brought friends to entertain the first place elementary school winners in an interactive assembly. Looking for more STEM resources and professional development opportunities?

Check out the Siemens STEM Academy -- the nation's first online community with a wealth of free STEM resources, webinars and professional development opportunities. www.siemensstemacademy.com. Animal Planet. Human Anatomy: Learn All About the Human Body at InnerBody.com. ARKive - Discover the world's most endangered species. Siemens STEM - Home.