Journey to Planet Earth . Ecosystems We are intimately familiar with ecosystems. They are the woodlands where we live, hunt, cut timber, or hike; the lakes, streams, and rivers we fish, boat, transport our goods on, and tap for water; the rangelands where we graze our cattle; the beaches where we play, and the marine waters we trawl; the farmlands we till; even the urban parks and green spaces we stroll. In effect, every centimeter of the planet is part of an ecosystem. Ecosystems are: They are systems combined of organic and inorganic matter and natural forces that interact and change. When talking about ecosystems, the matter of scale or size is important. A small bog, a single sand dune, or a tiny patch of forest may be viewed as an ecosystem, unique in its mix of species and microclimate — a microenvironment. In World Resources 2000-2001, "ecosystem" refers to an even larger concept — categories of ecosystems. However, the divisions between ecosystems are less important than the linkages between them.
Biomes Video & Map GREEN Click on a biome on the above graph for more information, informative videos, and links to scientist profiles, travel information, lesson plans and species profiles for each region. We'd like to know where you're coming from. If you've used this site for a class project or browsing for fun, add yourself to our map and communicate with other "ecogeeks" Bill Moyers Reports: Earth on Edge - Ecosystems Ecosystems are communities of interacting organisms and the physical environment in which they live. They are the combination and interaction of the plants, animals, minerals, and people in any given area of the Earth. A small bog, a single sand dune, or a tiny patch of forest is an ecosystem. In our heavily industrialized societies, work, religious expression, and recreation often take place in urban areas. It is our very reliance on ecosystems that is threatening them. For comprehensive data about the world's ecosystems, visit EarthTrends at www.earthtrends.wri.org/. Take our Interactive Quiz to see how much you know about ecosystems, then check out our Get Involved section to learn about ways you can make a positive difference in your home, your community, and your world.
Infopacket: Biomes Scientists divide the world into large natural areas called biomes. Each biome is known for certain kinds of plants and animals. But what’s really at the heart of a biome is its climate. In this downloadable Spotlight, get 8 packed pages of information about the world’s major biomes. Sustainable Table | Genetic Engineering Genetic engineering (GE) is the modification of an organism’s genetic composition by artificial means, often involving the transfer of specific traits, or genes, from one organism into a plant or animal of an entirely different species. When gene transfer occurs, the resulting organism is called transgenic or a GMO (genetically modified organism). Genetic engineering is different from traditional cross breeding, where genes can only be exchanged between closely related species. With genetic engineering, genes from completely different species can be inserted into one another. What are genes? All life is made up of one or more cells. During genetic engineering processes, specific genes are removed from one organism and inserted into another plant or animal, thus transferring specific traits. GE Crops Nearly 400 million acres of farmland worldwide are now used to grow GE crops such as cotton, corn, soybeans and rice. Some GE crops are actually classified as pesticides. GE Animals Superweeds
Biomes Webquest - Mr. James 5th Grade "Make Me Fit" A WebQuest for 5th Grade Biomes and Adaptations Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion Introduction to Biomes The world is made up of many different biomes. 1) Tundra 2) Taiga 3) Rain Forest - tropical and temperate 4) Desert 5) Grasslands - tropical and temperate 6) Temperate Deciduous Forest A biome is made of many similar ecosystems. Within each biome, the living organisms have adaptations to help them survive in these sometimes extreme environments. The unique climate and living conditions of each biome create wide variety on our wonderful planet. Task You are an ecologist who discovered a new animal in the Polar biome. Process 1. Blank World Map Biomes of the World 2. 3. 4. 5. Evaluation of Relocation Application Enrichment and Extension Activities Create biome posters to illustrate the differences found in the climate, landforms, plants, and animals. Footnotes: Images: Top of page: Globe: Microsoft clipart
A Zunal Biome Zoo You will be assigned into groups of five and be given one of the world biomes to conduct your research.In your groups you will assign the roles of specialists to break down the assignment. You will work individually on your specific specialist role and find the information relevant to produce your virtual tour. As a team you will work together to make a virtual tour of your biome through a PowerPoint presentation. You must include; *An introduction page that briefly describes your group and biome *Forms of images, videos, maps, graphs, and other multimedia to make your information easy to read *At least 3 slides for each specialist and their findings *Pictures and descriptions of the animals selected for the new exhibit *Make sure to show the unique characteristics of the biome * Resources from where the information was found are needed to be shown at the end of the presentation Your team will present your virtual tour of your biome to the class. A. B. C. D. E. * World Biomes * Ecosystems
Earth Floor: Biomes There are many different kinds of plants and animals on the Earth, but only certain kinds are naturally found at any particular place. (We are not counting zoos here!) For example, cacti are found in the desert, polar bears are found in the Arctic, and elephants are found in central Africa and India. So, why don't people living in south Texas have to be on the lookout for snow leopards, or why don't kids in Minnesota have to worry about finding giant boa constrictors in their back yards? These average weather conditions, such as the range of temperature and rainfall that typically occur in a particular location like Minnesota, are called the climate of that location. Plants and animals don't live in isolation, but they live together with other plants and animals in an interdependent group called an ecological community. A distinct ecological community of plants and animals living together in a particular climate is called a "biome." Next
Endangered Species WebQuest 5th Grade Science Introduction You have a new summer job working for a travel agent. You have been hired to create brochures and posters that will persuade travelers to visit a specific geographical biome. Back to top The Task Working in groups of three or four, divide up the task of researching one of the six biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Deciduous Forest, Tropical Rain Forest, Grasslands and Desert. The Process First, meet with your assigned group and read through the entire webquest. Criteria Brochure Brochure Template Each group member will create a brochure. Name of biome Labelled map illustrating biome location(s) Landforms Animal life Plant life Climate Your brochure must be edited and assembled in a neat, organized manner. Poster Your poster may be drawn and colored or made with cut and pasted pictures, but must include the following: Biome name Landforms Prevailing precipitation obvious Ten animals Ten plants Resources Evaluation & Reflection (See Rubrics) Conclusion Back to Home Page