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Biomes: Ecosystems on Land

In this unit, students will begin to make connections between the biotic and abiotic parts of the environment. The different critical factors that define the biodiversity within each type of biome, or land ecosystem will be explored. Differentions will be made between tropical, temperate, and polar. The students will also spend time learning about the different types of aquatic ecosystems, both freshwater and marine.


Land Ecosystems and Ecological Succession Powerpoint

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Purpose: This lecture provides students with an overview of the major types of biomes, or land-based ecosystems. The major geographic features that affect climate are explored, including latitude and proximity to water. Climatographs are used to compare and contrast the temperature and precipitation within each of the ecosystems. Finally, a brief overview of ecological succession is given.

Essential Concepts: Biomes, ecosystems, rainshadow effect, latitude, climate, critical factor, desert, grassland, mountain, forests, rainforest, tropical, temperate, polar, tundra, climatogram, climatograph, worksheet, powerpoint, lecture, habitat, niche, abiotic factors, biotic factors, ecological succession, primary succession, secondary succession.


Land Ecosystems and Ecological Succession Notes Outline

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Purpose: Taking efficient notes can be a big challenge for many students, especially when working from a Powerpoint lecture. This outline gives students a means to take notes that guides them toward important concepts and avoids the pitfalls of writing word-for-word or simply not taking notes at all. The outline is written as a series of questions, fill-in-the-blanks, or diagrams.

Essential Concepts: Biomes, ecosystems, rainshadow effect, latitude, climate, critical factor, desert, grassland, mountain, forests, rainforest, tropical, temperate, polar, tundra, climatogram, climatograph, worksheet, powerpoint, lecture, habitat, niche, abiotic factors, biotic factors, ecological succession, primary succession, secondary succession.


Climatograms - Graphing Practice Worksheets

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Climatograph worksheet set.

Purpose: Climatograms, also known as climatographs, take the two most important factors for ecosystems on land and graph them together. This helps create a nice visual way to compare climate data from two disinct ecosystems. This is a set of worksheets that has students practice making climatograms for different types of forests, deserts, and grasslands.

Essential concepts:Climatogram, climate, temperature, precipitation, deserts, forests, grasslands.


Environmental Science Journal - Endangered Species

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Environmental Science Journal - Endangered Species Worksheet

Purpose: Students are often left in awe of the biodiversity of many of the ecosystems of the planet after watching a nature documentary. The BBC Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and Life series are particularly good at conveying the depth of biodiversity present in different areas. This activity has students document the different vertebrate animals they observe in a nature documentary, then visit the IUCN website and identify whether the animals are endangered. There are multiple levels of endangerment classification, each of which are explained in the activity. If an animal is endangered, the website offers some details as to why.

Essential concepts:Biomes, ecosystems, biodiversity, endangered species, extinction.


Planet Earth Series by BBC Nature

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Purpose: The Planet Earth series was groundbreaking when released. It contained stunning visuals of ecosystems and organisms never before recorded on video. This unit is ideal for showing one or more of these episodes. This section of Aurum Science has a collection of resources specifically for the Planet Earth Series.

Essential Concepts: Planet Earth, grasslands, plains, forests, deciduous forests, coniferous forests, taiga, tundra, deserts, shallow seas, fresh water, deep ocean.


Land Ecosystems and Ecological Succession Study Guide

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Purpose: Once the instruction for the unit is completed, students can complete this study guide to aid in their preparation for a written test. The study guide is divided into two sections: vocabulary and short answer questions. The vocabulary is taken directly form the lecture, sequentially. The short answer questions are meant to model the type they may see on the exam. This specific study guide only covers the land ecosystems section of this unit

Essential Concepts: Biomes, ecosystems, rainshadow effect, latitude, climate, critical factor, desert, grassland, mountain, forests, rainforest, tropical, temperate, polar, tundra, climatogram, climatograph, worksheet, powerpoint, lecture, habitat, niche, abiotic factors, biotic factors, ecological succession, primary succession, secondary succession


PBS Living Edens Ecosystems Research Project

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Purpose: This is a long-term research project and presentation assignment that can be used during or after the ecosystems unit. Students will be assigned specific ecosystems from different places all over the Earth. They will find and document examples of animal and plant adaptations, speciation, abiotic factors, and interspecies relationships. This assignment uses the PBS Living Edens documentary series produced in 1996-1998. The availability of the documentary is limited but it does appear on the National Geographic channel from time to time. The videos may also be available online if you know where to look.

Essential Concepts: Biomes, land ecosystems, aquatic ecosystems, symbiotis, adaptations, speciation, climate, latitude, natural selection, convergent evolution, divergent evolution, co-evolution, biotic factors, abiotic factors.


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