Multcolib School Corps Picks Biomes & Ecosystems Grades 5 - 8
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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 .