Monday, April 29, 2013

Biomes ~ Habitats

What's Schoolin'?

Here is a conglomeration of resources for Biomes Studies.  My plan is to just go through the different biomes using websites/resources listed here and library books.  There are so many wonderful books.  I will just post a few here and will probably post more books in separate posts as we get to them.  I have a world biome pin map already in the geography cabinet and some cards.  I want to make more deliberate works instead of the haphazard ones I have in an envelope.

I think a lapbook for each that includes plants, wildlife (flora/fauna), geographical location, and climate description would be good.  I already have one for grasslands printed from In the Hands of a Child and desert animals from homeschoolshare.

I have omitted water biomes/habitats for now, in case you are wondering where ponds, wetlands, or the ocean are :). I needed to limit my scope and will research those resources later.

General Resources (or may have several biomes)

Idea:  Just as one can make a land/water or continent globe, wouldn't it be cool to paint a World Biome Globe??  Hmmm.....  Sometimes around Spring/Summer you can find inflatable world balls...

About half-way are the areas of study for within each biome as recommended in this Montessori Geography scope and sequence:

Intro educational video:

Interactive World Biome map.  Use for each biome.

Nice graph showing how temp/rain affects the biomes located in those regions:

This has an assortment of interactive site links for History, Science, and more.  There are several for biome studies such as Build a Prairie and some Rainforest ones:

This is a great interactive resource for each biome:

This has pages for each biome:

I *think* this is the one I used for my biome pin map.  I like the clear delineations and bright colors.  It would be a good guide for painting salt maps.

Interactive World Biome map (can use for each biome):

Here is a World Biome map:

Another World Biome map:

Another World Biome map:

This has World maps showing specific biome locations (great to use to color in a world map for each biome study):

Enchanted Learning habitat/biome page.  You can link to each biome from here.  Some are free and some are not.

This takes you to short information, maps, and a few links for each biome:

Waseca has gorgeous materials. They sure are inspirational!

At the end of this Waseca document are cards - sort of Who Am I? cards that could be made into a self-correcting game/review of biomes:

Ranger Rick online:

Putting 'biome' in the search bar at homeschoolshare brings up several hits:

Photos for each biome:

The 'next' page has a really good comparison graph showing the different biomes.  It also has good summaries for each biome:


Very comprehensive, informative, interactive site:

Lots of videos:

Here you can create a presentation using photos.  You could also use these to make cards (the photos are creative commons).

Interactive Deserts of the World.

Desert jigsaw puzzles (interactive):

Interactive information website:

Free desert animals lapbook:

Summary of deserts:


This has videos:

Summary of tropical rainforest:

Photos and can make presentation:

Free rainforest animal mini-books:,Caiman,Anaconda,Pink%20dolphin,%20and%20others.pdf
These go inside the animal mini-books:

Food from the rainforest ('fresco de tamarindo' will be a must - I have some frozen tamarind pulp in my freezer):

Amazon interactive information:

Very nice resource for rainforests:

El Salvador national park El Imposible video:

Ecotourism game:


Tropical rainforest map:

This has short articles for specific animals (right-hand tab).  Would be great for mini-books for lapbooks or for short research:

Interactive information:

Chocolate study is a must :).  I've had the privilege of having authentic Indigenous chocolate in water up in the mountains near the borders of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala when I was a young teenager.  The taste of the chocolate mixes with the smells, sounds, and feel of that morning.  Unfortunately, my dc are accustomed to always having chocolate with milk and don't care for the bitter/sweet of that style of chocolate.
Here is a short history of chocolate:


Compares steppe, prairie, and savanna (see options below right for :

Summary of tropical Savannah:

Video, information, and links:

Very cool website:

Build a Prairie (a must-see!):

Field Guide to the Prairie:

Plants as food/medicine (dandelion salad):

Black-footed ferret movie (prairie)

From an interactive map.  Flor and fauna photos:

Enchanted Learning grassland page:

African Savanna (dry tropical grassland) webcams at the zoo.

Homeschoolshare resources that came up in a 'grasslands' search on the site: (prairie dog lapbook)

Regions of Texas:


Forests (Deciduous):

Interactive game of Ituri Forest (Africa)In Search of the Ways of Knowing Trail (sidebar tab):

Summary of deciduous forest:

Interactive informational site for temperate deciduous forest:


Tundra Cam and drop down informative pages:

Summary and animals/plants of tundra:

Tundra - interactive informational website:

Taiga - interactive informational website:

Summary of taiga:

Video (short):

Interactive ranges of the world:

Jigsaw puzzles [on the right there is a tab for quizzes and vocabulary]

**This is sort of unrelated, but a really cool online field guide**

The books I've listed on this page are ones that I don't want to forget to look for as we study them.  As I actually use and recommend biome books I will post them within each biome's separate post.

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