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.
MadSciNet: The 24-hour exploding laboratory. 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"
Endangered Species 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
The Children's University of Manchester 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
Skogen i Skolan 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
Matter What is matter? Matter is everything around you. Atoms and compounds are all made of very small parts of matter. Those atoms go on to build the things you see and touch every day. What is mass? What is volume? Even though matter can be found all over the Universe, you will only find it in a few forms (states) on Earth. What are the main states of matter? What makes a state of matter? What is a physical change in matter? So what is a chemical change in matter? Physical changes are related to changes in the immediate environment such as temperature, pressure, and other physical forces. Alien Matter in the Solar System (NASA Video)
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.