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Multcolib School Corps Picks Biomes & Ecosystems Grades 5 - 8

Rainforest Food Chains
Rainforest Food Chains By Aloian, Molly (Book - 2007 ) j 577.34 A453r 2007 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:Featuring stunning photographs, beautiful illustrations, and detailed text, Rainforest Food Chains examines the delicate balance of life maintained in lush Southeast Asian tropical rain forests. Children will learn how the plants and animals in a rain forest rely on one another to survive.

Tide Pool Life Watching
Tide Pool Life Watching By Bair, Diane (Book - 2000 ) j 591.7699 B163t 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:Describes some of the different species of plants and animals found in tide pools and how to go about observing them.

The Rain Forests of the Pacific Northwest
The Rain Forests of the Pacific Northwest By Behler, Deborah A. (Book - 2001 ) j 577.34 B419r 2001 All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Provides an overview of the rain forests of the world and describes the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest and the life that they support.

Rivers, Lakes, and Ponds
Rivers, Lakes, and Ponds By Braun, Eric (Book - 2002 ) j 578.76 B825r 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:Defines and describes rivers, lakes, and ponds and discusses the plant and animal life within them.

Geology of the Pacific Northwest
Geology of the Pacific Northwest Investigate How the Earth Was Formed With 15 Projects By Brown, Cynthia L. (Book - 2011 ) j 557.95 B87758g 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 18 copies

Annotation:Learn how geology and physical geography are intertwined and explore the wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, western Montana, and northern California are a unique part of the United States known for its explosive volcanoes and earthquakes. The region has everything from glaciers and tundra to mighty rivers and the only temperate rainforest in the United States.

Exploring Pacific Coast Tidepools
Exploring Pacific Coast Tidepools By Brown, Vinson (Book - 1996 ) 578.770979 B881e 1996 Available in some locations

Annotation:This edition with more than 70 color photographs is a handy field guide to the common seashore creatures and flora found along the Pacific Coast from Baja California to Alaska.

Deciduous Forests
Deciduous Forests (DVD - 2003 ) DVD j 577.3 DECIDUOUS Available in some locations

Annotation:Forests are biomes in which trees are the main life form, but what makes a forest deciduous? Students will explore these colorful woodlands that change with the seasons.

Deserts
Deserts (DVD - 2003 ) DVD j 577.54 DESERTS Available in some locations

Annotation:Deserts cover nearly one-fifth of the Earth's land surface. Even in these sand-filled expanses that dot the globe, much life can be found, from plants like cacti and sagebrush to well-adapted animals such as the Gila monster and the sidewinder. Discover how the process of desertification continually changes more land into deserts each and every year.

Freshwater Ecosystems
Freshwater Ecosystems (DVD - 2003 ) DVD j 577.6 FRESHWATE Available in some locations

Annotation:Students will explore the diverse freshwater habitat and learn about biotic and abiotic factors that make up the ecosystem, participate in a hands-on experiment to test the amount of dissolved oxygen in two different bodies of water and visit with a freshwater naturalist who examines wetlands around the world.

Grasslands
Grasslands (DVD - 2003 ) DVD j 577.4 GRASSLAND Available in some locations

Annotation:Students will examine the importance of grassland regions and participate in a hands-on experiment to measure the moisture content of soil. An ecologist also discusses how scientists are restoring grassland regions to their original state.

On the Tundra
On the Tundra By Green, Jen (Book - 2002 ) j 577.586 G796o 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:Describes the harsh conditions of the tundra, as well as the kinds of plants and animals that can flourish there.

Eyewitness Jungle
Eyewitness Jungle By Greenaway, Theresa (Book Plus CD - 2009 ) j 577.34 G798e 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Illustrated guide to the plants, animals, and insects found in the world's tropical rain forests.

Life in the Boreal Forest
Life in the Boreal Forest By Guiberson, Brenda Z. (Book - 2009 ) j 578.737 G944L 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:The boreal forest is buried in ice and snow during winter. But in summer lakes teem with fish, and bogs swarm with insects. Follow a snowshoe hare, beavers, a lynx, and other animals as they survive a year in this endangered landscape.

A Walk in the Boreal Forest
A Walk in the Boreal Forest By Johnson, Rebecca L. (Book - 2001 ) j 577.37 J68w 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:Describes the climate, seasons, plants, animals, and soil of the boreal forest, a biome or land zone, which stretches across the northern parts of North America, Europe, and Asia.

A Walk in the Deciduous Forest
A Walk in the Deciduous Forest By Johnson, Rebecca L. (Book - 2001 ) j 577.3 J68w 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:Takes readers on a walk through a forest of trees that lose their leaves in the fall, showing examples of how the animals and plants depend on each other and their environment to survive.

A Walk in the Rain Forest
A Walk in the Rain Forest By Johnson, Rebecca L. (Book - 2001 ) j 577.34 J68w 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:Takes readers on a walk through a tropical rain forest, showing examples of how the animals and plants depend on each other and their environment to survive.

Journey Into the Rainforest
Journey Into the Rainforest By Knight, Tim (Book - 2001 ) j 577.34 K71j 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:The tropical rainforest is the home of millions of little known, exotic plants and animals. Unfortunately, many of them are threatened by extinction.

Prairie Grasslands
Prairie Grasslands By Lynch, Wayne (Book - 2006 ) j 577.44 L987p 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:Examines countless wonders of prairie grasslands.

Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountains By Lynch, Wayne (Book - 2006 ) j 577.53 L987r 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:Takes you on a personal tour through the Rocky Mountains ecosystem.

Marine Ecosystems
Marine Ecosystems (DVD - 2003 ) DVD j 577.7 MARINE Available in some locations

Annotation:In Marine ecosystems, students will explore saltwater environments -- from shorelines to coral reefs -- and learn about the fish, plants, mammals, and insects that depend on each other for survival in this aquatic biome. Examine concepts such as salinity and currents, and find out about the three major life zones found in ocean waters. A fun, hands-on experiment allows students to discover how brine shrimp have adapted to changes in salt concentration, while a visit with a marine biologist on the Chesapeake Bay examines the fascinating life cycle of the blue crab.

The Pacific Coast
The Pacific Coast By Mudd-Ruth, Maria (Book - 2001 ) j 577.51 M943p 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:Examines the tides, plants, animals, and ecosystems found along the Pacific coast from the icy waters of Alaska to the tropical waters of Mexico.

Ecomazes
Ecomazes Twelve Earth Adventures By Munro, Roxie (Book - 2010 ) j 577 M9687e 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Mazes through 12 ecosystems, from evergreen forests to coral reefs, from the frozen tundra to hot desert sands.

Life in A Grassland
Life in A Grassland By Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw (Book - 2003 ) j 577.4 P295L 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Examines the physical features, processes, and many different species of plants and animals that make up the ecosystem of the American tallgrass prairie.

Rainforest Biomes
Rainforest Biomes (DVD - 2003 ) DVD j 577.34 RAINFORES Available in some locations

Annotation:Students will discover how the species of the rainforest have adapted to the temperature and humidity, and why the threat of its destruction will have a far-reaching impact on our planet. A visit with an ecologist at the Caribbean National Forest in Puerto Rico examines the work underway to restore the population of the endangered Puerto Rican parrot, while a hands-on investigation demonstrates the vital role that rainforests play in recycling water.

Wetlands
Wetlands By Ring, Elizabeth (Book - 2005 ) j 578.768 R581w 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:Presents information on the animals, plants, and general characteristics of wetlands, also known as marshes or swamps.

About Habitats
About Habitats Deserts By Sill, Cathryn P. (Book - 2007 ) j 577.54 S584a 2007 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:An introduction to deserts and how life survives in them.

Desert
Desert By Star, Fleur (Book - 2007 ) j 577.54 S795d 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation: What is a desert? -- Where in the world? -- Stacks of sand -- Dust storm! -- Water of life -- The Sahara -- Staying alive -- Night hunters -- Poison! -- Camels up close -- Down under -- Cactus country -- The desert in bloom -- Who lives there? -- Desert daily life -- Food and drink -- Twice as tough -- Living in the Gobi -- It's cool to be coastal -- Is it a desert? -- The growing desert

Tundra
Tundra (DVD - 2003 ) DVD j 577.586 TUNDRA Available in some locations

Annotation:Students get a close-up look at the fragile biome that covers 20% of the world's surface from the polar regions to the mountaintops of Europe and North America. Students can also participate in an experiment that demonstrates why tundra plants are dark in color.

Life in the Tundra
Life in the Tundra By Winner, Cherie (Book - 2003 ) j 577.586 W776L 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Examines the physical features, processes, and many different species of plants and animals that make up the ecosystem of Alaska's North Slope.

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A collection of non-fiction materials about Biomes and Ecosystems for students in grades 5 through 8. The library has already-prepared Buckets of Books on this topic that you can check out. The Buckets contain books similar to those on the list (though not every title is exactly the same) plus a teacher's guide. To see the list of Buckets, go to: http://web.multcolib.org/educators/school-corps/bucket-books .


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