written by: Susan
• edited by: Benjamin Sell
• updated: 6/6/2012
The land masses of our Earth can be divided into five biomes. They are Aquatic, Deserts, Forests, Tundra and Grasslands.
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This series offers teaching ideas on the earth’s five land biomes. The planets land surfaces can be divided into zones or biomes according to the climate and other physical factors in each area. Each biome has a distinctive combination of life forms that are able to thrive in the particular conditions found there and each has a distinctive kind of vegetation.
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Ecosystem: a community of plants and animals linked together for survival.
Ecotone: the area where two or more ecosystems overlap.
Climate: weather over an extended period of time.
Biomes: plants and animals live together in the same climate conditions.
Flora: all plants in a certain area
Fauna: all animals in a certain area
Vegetation: plant life that is used to determine the type of biome
Tundra: a treeless biome with long harsh winters and short summers.Grasses, lichens, low scrubs, mosses, and a few flowering plants are the only forms of vegetation.
Forest: A forest is a land area that contains large group of trees, scrubs, flowers, grasses, ferns, seedlings, lichens, and mosses.This biome has the largest variety of vegetation.
Grassland: Land zones where the main vegetation is grass with a few scattered trees.
Desert: this biome receives less than 10 inches of rain a year and has little to no vegetation.
Mountain: the vegetation varies in this biome as the elevation changes.
Permafrost: a layer of permanently frozen ground.
Semiarid: A climate that is dry but not as dry as a desert.
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1. Print a map of the United States including Alaska .As a class label the biomes, i.e. tundra would be in Alaska, forest in Washington.
2. Divide the class into groups, give each group a piece of labeled with each biome and several magazines. Have the groups go through the magazines and glue the pictures they find for each biome (i.e. a polar bear or ice-berg would be glued on the piece of paper labeled tundra).
3. Have the students determine which of the five biomes has the least amount of flora and fauna and which has the most.