Desert Communities Third Grade Core: Standard 2 Objective 2 Describe the interactions between living and nonliving things in a small environment.

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Desert Communities Third Grade Core: Standard 2 Objective 2 Describe the interactions between living and nonliving things in a small environment."

Transcription

1 Desert Communities Third Grade Core: Standard 2 Objective 2 Describe the interactions between living and nonliving things in a small environment. (Discovering Deserts NatureScope: page 40, 43, 44) Objective: Describe plant and animal relationships that exist in the Sonoran Desert. Explain how plants and animals in a community depend on the non-living environment. Materials Copies of animal pages Easel paper Glue Crayons or chalk Scissors Pictures of deserts Procedure: In this activity, your class can compare desert communities around the world and then focus on the varied life of the Sonoran Desert in North America. They will see that the plants and animals in all communities depend on each other and on the non-living parts of the environment to survive. 1. First ask the students to think about desert plants and animals that they know off. 2. Show some pictures of different deserts around the world (Mojave Desert, Chihuahuan Desert, Great Basin Desert, and Sonoran Desert). How are they different? (Sandy soil, rocky soil, fog, canyons and mesas, salt flats or sand dunes and so on). Explain that these physical differences provide special growing conditions that support certain kinds of plants and these plants support certain kinds of animals. 3. Hand out the animal and plant squares (below) and let students spend a few minutes researching the animals and plants in a group. They will need to discover what the animal eats or what eats the animal/plant and where the animal lives (e.g. burrows, on cliffs...). 4. Create a desert scene in small groups (pattern after Sonoran desert) on the easel paper. Then have students color and cut out desert plants and animal squares and paste them on the desert scene. 5. Next have children draw lines to connect the pictures of the plants and animals that depend on each other in some way. 6. When done, discuss the relationships the children have discovered. Also talk about how important the non-living parts of the environment (soil, water, sunlight) are to all the living things. Discuss what would happen if parts of the community disappeared (e.g. what would happen if all the saguaro cacti died off?).

2

3

4 Information for Teacher about the Picture Pages 1. Coyote: Feeds at night on mice and other rodents, rabbits and hares and sometimes mule deer and pronghorn antelope. Also eats saguaro cactus fruit, mesquite beans, and other plant parts. Sometimes digs burrows, which it goes into to escape heat. 2. Ringtail: Related to a raccoon. Eats birds, insects, kangaroo rats, pack rats, and lizards. Also eats cactus fruit. Usually lives on rocky ledges or near water. Is eaten by bobcats, great horned owls, and other large predators. 3. Desert Grasses: Grow in many parts of the Sonoran Desert. Provide food for mule deer, rodents and other herbivores. 4. Desert Tortoise: Burrows in the ground to escape heat. Young often eaten by foxes, coyotes, and other predators. Feeds on desert grasses, wildflowers, and cactus fruit. 5. Prickly Pear Cactus: Quail, doves, woodpeckers, kangaroo rats, pack rats, jackrabbits, peccaries, deer and many other animals feed on its fruit, seeds, and stem. Many animals take shelter in its shade. 6. Roadrunner: Eats lizards, snakes (even rattlesnakes), insects, and scorpions. Runs to chase prey and escape predators. Builds a nest of twigs in desert plants. 7. Saguaro Cactus: Found on dry, rocky, slopes and flats. White-winged doves and woodpeckers eat its seeds. Many animals eat its fruit. Many animals also nest in the trunk, including elf owls, Gila woodpeckers, and cactus wrens. 8. Peccary: Small pig-like animal that lives in thickets and travels in small bands. Feeds on prickly pear cactus and acorns, as well as insects, rattlesnakes, and lizards. 9. Kangaroo Rat: Burrows or builds mounds. Eats seeds of prickly pear, mesquite, and other plants. Also eats some insects. Provides food for owls, coyotes, snakes, and other predators. Jumps to escape predators. 10. Turkey Vulture: Often nests in canyon areas. Feeds on dead animals. Important scavenger in the desert. 11. Mesquite: A spiny shrub with yellow flowers and lacy leaves. Forms tough pods that are filled with seeds. Jackrabbits, quail, kangaroo rats, ringtails, and other animals eat the seeds. Many birds nest in its branches. Provides shade for mammals and reptiles. 12. Jackrabbit: Feeds on a variety of plants, including grasses and flowering herbs. Also eats cactus. Eaten by coyotes, bobcats, owls, and other desert predators. Large ears (one third as long as its body) help get rid of excess body heat. 13. Lubber Grasshopper: Eats desert grasses and other vegetation. Provides food for many desert animals, including kangaroo rats, tarantulas, and elf owls. 14. Scorpion: Hunts at night for spiders, crickets, small lizards, and other small creatures. Is eaten by roadrunners, snakes, and owls. Often hides under rocks and near plants. 15. Spadefoot Toad: Eats insects. Eaten by snakes and larger toads. 16. Sidewinder Rattlesnake: Lives in low desert areas. Feeds on small rodents and lizards. Sometimes eaten by larger snakes, birds of prey, and roadrunners. 17. Fringe-toed Lizard: Found in sandy areas. Often lives in abandoned kangaroo rat burrows. Feeds on insects, flowers, and leaves. Is eaten by side-winders, kit foxes, and birds of prey. 18. Mule Deer: Is mainly a browser. Feeds on trees and shrubs as well as grasses. Preyed upon by mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, and wolves.

5 Mojave Desert The Mojave Desert Hot, dry desert Small amounts of rain (less than 6 inches) Lots of Joshua trees and Yucca

6 Chihuahuan Desert The Chihuahuan Desert Hot and high-elevation desert This desert is mostly in Mexico, southeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, and west Texas. Grasses, small cacti, and frost-tolerant species such as woody lilies, and soap tree yucca.

7 Great Basin Desert The Great Basin Desert Cold, dry, high-elevation, northern desert Receives small amounts (4 to 11 inches) of precipitation as snow during long winters. Much of the valley soils are salty. Has big sagebrush, saltbush

8 Sonoran Desert The Sonoran Desert Warm, low-elevation (less than 2,000 feet) subtropical desert Receives predictable rain during two rainy seasons: the winter season and the summer monsoon season. The vegetation is diverse: creosote bush, large species of cactus (e.g. saguaro)

Time Frame: 1 lesson (45 minutes)

Time Frame: 1 lesson (45 minutes) TEKS-Based Activity for Grade 4 Patterns and Adaptations in Plants and Animals Description: In this activity, students research natural regions of Texas for patterns and adaptations in native plants and

More information

Land Biomes Of the World. Tropical Rain Forest Desert Grassland Temperate Forest Boreal Forest Tundra

Land Biomes Of the World. Tropical Rain Forest Desert Grassland Temperate Forest Boreal Forest Tundra Land Biomes Of the World Tropical Rain Forest Desert Grassland Temperate Forest Boreal Forest Tundra Climate: It rains almost everyday. Very warm (humid) Tropical Rainforests Consumers: Tigers, leopards,

More information

Prairie Food Chains & Webs Producers, Consumers & Decomposers

Prairie Food Chains & Webs Producers, Consumers & Decomposers Kansas Prairies s, s & Decomposers Science, Life Science, Reading, Math Materials Vocabulary worksheet Food Chain worksheet Overview To explore the organisms found on a prairie and identify the various

More information

Prairie Food Chains & Webs Producers, Consumers, & Decomposers

Prairie Food Chains & Webs Producers, Consumers, & Decomposers Kansas Prairies Prairie Food Chains & Webs Producers, s, & Decomposers Life Science, Math, Reading, Science Materials Student Worksheet A: Vocabulary Student Worksheet B: Food Chain Overview To explore

More information

Animals of the Desert

Animals of the Desert Animals of the Desert (NatureScope Discovering Deserts page 26-27) Third Grade Core: Standard 2 Objective 2 Describe the interactions between living and nonliving things in a small environment. Teach a

More information

4 th Grade Science Unit B: Life Sciences Chapter 3: Flow of Energy and Matter Lesson 1: How does energy flow?

4 th Grade Science Unit B: Life Sciences Chapter 3: Flow of Energy and Matter Lesson 1: How does energy flow? 4 th Grade Science Unit B: Life Sciences Chapter 3: Flow of Energy and Matter Lesson 1: How does energy flow? ecosystem Ecosystem is the living and nonliving things and the way they interact in an environment.

More information

What is an Ecosystem?

What is an Ecosystem? ECOSYSTEMS What is an Ecosystem? Ecosystem- a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment. There are many types of ecosystems and they can be small or large in size. Example

More information

A. A biome is a particular physical environment that contains a characteristic group of plants and animals. B. Climate and Microclimate 1.

A. A biome is a particular physical environment that contains a characteristic group of plants and animals. B. Climate and Microclimate 1. Land Biomes A. A biome is a particular physical environment that contains a characteristic group of plants and animals. B. Climate and Microclimate 1. Climate is described by a climatograph. Two of the

More information

Contrast the flow of energy and chemicals in ecosystems. Explain how trophic levels relate to food chains and food webs.

Contrast the flow of energy and chemicals in ecosystems. Explain how trophic levels relate to food chains and food webs. Objectives Contrast the flow of energy and chemicals in ecosystems. Explain how trophic levels relate to food chains and food webs. Key Terms producer consumer decomposer trophic level food chain herbivore

More information

Who Knows Utah Animals?

Who Knows Utah Animals? Who Knows Utah Animals? Fourth Grade Core: Standard 5 Objective 2 Identify common plants and animals that inhabit Utah forests, wetlands, and deserts; cite examples of physical features that allow particular

More information

GRADE 4 LESSON #1 Ecosystem Producers and Consumers

GRADE 4 LESSON #1 Ecosystem Producers and Consumers GRADE 4 LESSON #1 Ecosystem Producers and Consumers MATERIALS Copy of Ecosystem Producers and Consumers Activity sheet, Apply Your Knowledge The Prairie Grassland Ecosystem Student copy of Grassland Species

More information

4. Which choice below lists the biomes in order from lowest precipitation amounts to highest precipitation amounts?

4. Which choice below lists the biomes in order from lowest precipitation amounts to highest precipitation amounts? Ecosystems and Biomes 1. All of the living organisms in a forest plus their environment is an example of A. a biome. B. a community. C. a population. D. an ecosystem. 2. Which of the following best describes

More information

American Beech. Shelter: Beech trees live in shady to sunny places. Food: They make their food from sunlight. This process is called photosynthesis.

American Beech. Shelter: Beech trees live in shady to sunny places. Food: They make their food from sunlight. This process is called photosynthesis. American Beech Shelter: Beech trees live in shady to sunny places. Food: They make their food from sunlight. This process is called photosynthesis. Size: 18 24 meters (60 80 feet) tall Kind of Organism:

More information

Name period date assigned date due date returned. Chains, Webs, and Pyramids Assessment. EXAMPLE : sun grass deer human

Name period date assigned date due date returned. Chains, Webs, and Pyramids Assessment. EXAMPLE : sun grass deer human Name period date assigned date due date returned Assessment Living organisms from bacterial decomposers to plants, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and scavengers can be arranged in food chains, webs,

More information

Use the terms in the vocabulary box to fill in the blanks. Use each term only once.

Use the terms in the vocabulary box to fill in the blanks. Use each term only once. Use with textbook pages 8 28. Biomes and ecosystems Vocabulary abiotic adaptations behavioural biome biotic climatograph elevation latitude ocean currents physiological precipitation structural temperature

More information

2008 ECOLOGY (C) Sample Tournament By Karen L. Lancour

2008 ECOLOGY (C) Sample Tournament By Karen L. Lancour 2008 ECOLOGY (C) Sample Tournament By Karen L. Lancour Part A: Food Web 1. - 5. Use the information on the chart to create a Desert Food Web and Select one Food Chain from your food web to make an Energy

More information

Climate, Vegetation, and Landforms

Climate, Vegetation, and Landforms Climate, Vegetation, and Landforms Definitions Climate is the average weather of a place over many years Geographers discuss five broad types of climates Moderate, dry, tropical, continental, polar Vegetation:

More information

Holt Ch. 6 Biomes. Section 6.1 pg # 1-6

Holt Ch. 6 Biomes. Section 6.1 pg # 1-6 Holt Ch. 6 Biomes Section 6.1 pg 153-155 # 1-6 1. Describe how plants determine the name of a biome. Scientists name biomes after their vegetation because the plants that grow in an area determine what

More information

SONORAN DESERT PREDATORS AND PREY

SONORAN DESERT PREDATORS AND PREY SONORAN DESERT PREDATORS AND PREY Students classify different Sonoran Desert animals as predators or prey (or both) and describe their adaptations for finding food and avoiding predators. ARIZONA SCIENCE

More information

Use this diagram of a food web to answer questions 1 through 5.

Use this diagram of a food web to answer questions 1 through 5. North arolina Testing Program EO iology Sample Items Goal 4 Use this diagram of a food web to answer questions 1 through 5. coyotes 3. If these organisms were arranged in a food pyramid, which organism

More information

A WALK IN THE DESERT

A WALK IN THE DESERT A WALK IN THE DESERT TEACHER IDEA PACKET DESERT TREK OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR KINDERGARTEN Presented by the TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION Page To the Teacher... 1 Class Objectives... 1 Arizona Academic Standards

More information

Key Idea 2: Ecosystems

Key Idea 2: Ecosystems Key Idea 2: Ecosystems Ecosystems An ecosystem is a living community of plants and animals sharing an environment with non-living elements such as climate and soil. An example of a small scale ecosystem

More information

Name Date Period. What kind of desert do you live in? Using any resource you feel most comfortable with, complete the following statements:

Name Date Period. What kind of desert do you live in? Using any resource you feel most comfortable with, complete the following statements: !"# #%$& & (' Name Date Period What kind of desert do you live in? Using any resource you feel most comfortable with, complete the following statements: According to My research a desert can best be defined

More information

3 Temperate and Polar Zones

3 Temperate and Polar Zones Name CHAPTER 17 Class Date Climate SECTION 3 Temperate and Polar Zones BEFORE YOU READ After you read this section, you should be able to answer these questions: What biomes are found in the temperate

More information

Ecology limiting factors plant limiting factors field mouse nitrogen nitrogen ALL nitrogen returned to soil process major role; mutualism

Ecology limiting factors plant limiting factors field mouse nitrogen nitrogen ALL nitrogen returned to soil process major role; mutualism Ecology List some limiting factors that would affect a plant (such as a corn plant) population. Light, carbon dioxide concentration, temperature, nutrients in soil, water List some limiting factors that

More information

Grassland Food Webs: Teacher Notes

Grassland Food Webs: Teacher Notes Grassland Food Webs: Teacher Notes Alan Henderson ecosystem Objectives After completing this activity students will be able to: Create a food web and identify producers and consumers. Assign organisms

More information

ADAPTATION: A WAY OF LIFE

ADAPTATION: A WAY OF LIFE PLANT AND ANIMAL DESERT ADAPTATIONS Activities that show how desert plants and animals are welladapted to life in the desert and thrive with little moisture and high temperatures. ARIZONA SCIENCE STANDARDS

More information

Deserts Vocabulary for this reading: Biome (Life Zone) Drought: Location Climate biome Plants drought

Deserts Vocabulary for this reading: Biome (Life Zone) Drought: Location Climate biome Plants drought Deserts Name: Vocabulary for this reading: Biome (Life Zone): region with its own life forms and climates Drought: a long period of dry weather with little to no rain Sahara Desert in northern Africa Kalahari

More information

Inquiry in the Garden - Stage 2 Alternate Field Investigation

Inquiry in the Garden - Stage 2 Alternate Field Investigation Saguaro Cactus Activity Overview In this investigation, students venture outside for a teacher led, plant and animal buddies discovery walk in their own schoolyard. This activity is offered as an alternative

More information

Ecosystems UNIT 5. How do organisms interact in different ecosystems? How do human activities affect ecosystems?

Ecosystems UNIT 5. How do organisms interact in different ecosystems? How do human activities affect ecosystems? UNIT 5 Ecosystems How do organisms interact in different ecosystems? Essential Questions Lesson 1 How does energy flow between organisms in a food chain? Lesson 2 How does energy flow between organisms

More information

SCIENCE in the SCRUB Florida Scrub Food Chain Archbold Biological Station. LENGTH 1 hour prep 15 minute slideshow 45 minute activities

SCIENCE in the SCRUB Florida Scrub Food Chain Archbold Biological Station. LENGTH 1 hour prep 15 minute slideshow 45 minute activities Module 2: Florida Scrub Food Chain By the Archbold Biological Station Education Department, 2013 with support from the Southwest Florida Water Management District At a Glimpse In this lesson, students

More information

Teacher Notes A Teacher Background Information handout is available for additional teaching notes.

Teacher Notes A Teacher Background Information handout is available for additional teaching notes. Forest Types Grade Level Grade 5 Main Idea Like many other species, all forests are different. Like a chocolate cake they have layers and like animal they have different types. When all elements are combined,

More information

1 Everything Is Connected

1 Everything Is Connected CHAPTER 1 1 Everything Is Connected SECTION Interactions of Living Things BEFORE YOU READ After you read this section, you should be able to answer these questions: What do organisms in an ecosystem depend

More information

What s in the Rainforest

What s in the Rainforest Objective: What s in the Rainforest Students will be able to identify plants and animals in the Amazon Rainforest environment and understand their relationship to one another. Performance Objectives: SS

More information

Climates Climate Zones

Climates Climate Zones Climates Climate Zones Climates Climate Zones The Earth s surface is made up of many different climates. To help them organize it all, climatologists (scientists who study climates) have grouped climates

More information

*** Kindergarten Science ***

*** Kindergarten Science *** *** Kindergarten Science *** Standard 2 Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics. Essential Question 1 What do living things have in common? Understanding Deer - Students

More information

Food Chains and Food Webs

Food Chains and Food Webs Food Chains and Food Webs Food chains and food webs examine how the nutrients and energy contained in food is passed from organism to organism. Each living thing, whether it is a plant or animal, depends

More information

Food Chains and Food Webs

Food Chains and Food Webs Program Support Notes by: Spiro Liacos B.Ed. Produced by: VEA Pty Ltd Commissioning Editor: Sandra Frerichs B.Ed, M.Ed. Executive Producers: Edwina Baden-Powell B.A, CVP. Sandra Frerichs B.Ed, M.Ed. You

More information

Learn Words About a New Subject

Learn Words About a New Subject Learn Words About a New Subject Directions The panels below are a storyboard for a video. Look at the pictures and the dialogue. Think about how the boldface words are connected to the big idea of how

More information

1. In food chains and webs, what trophic level must you have more of than others? 2. Each trophic level has how much LESS energy?

1. In food chains and webs, what trophic level must you have more of than others? 2. Each trophic level has how much LESS energy? Pyramid of Energy Packet Every organism needs to obtain energy in order to live. For example, plants get energy from the sun, some animals eat plants, and some animals eat other animals. A food chain is

More information

Relationships in Ecosystems! Label #1-17 in your notes. For each statement write the word from the word bank that best describes the relationship.

Relationships in Ecosystems! Label #1-17 in your notes. For each statement write the word from the word bank that best describes the relationship. Relationships in Ecosystems! Label #1-17 in your notes. For each statement write the word from the word bank that best describes the relationship. 1. Vultures gather around a dead deer. 2. Camels, cacti,

More information

8 th grade Review TOPIC: Ecology Do Now: Give an example of a biotic factor. Notes: (found on Ms. Harris s Carey website)

8 th grade Review TOPIC: Ecology Do Now: Give an example of a biotic factor. Notes: (found on Ms. Harris s Carey website) 8 th grade Review TOPIC: Ecology Do Now: Give an example of a biotic factor. Notes: (found on Ms. Harris s Carey website) ECOLOGY I. ECOSYSTEMS 1. ECOSYSTEM all the living & nonliving things in an environment

More information

Zoner and the Drip Study Guide

Zoner and the Drip Study Guide Zoner and the Drip Study Guide Objectives This study guide will emphasize the lessons taught in the Zoner and the Drip puppet show by the Great Arizona Puppet Theater and demonstrate how those lessons

More information

A Project BudBurst Educational Activity Page 1 of 13

A Project BudBurst Educational Activity  Page 1 of 13 Habitat World Classroom Activity: 5-8 Time: One 60-minute class period Overview: This lesson introduces students to four major habitats worldwide, and the plants and animals found living there. After students

More information

Owls & Bats Pre-Visit Packet

Owls & Bats Pre-Visit Packet Owls & Bats Pre-Visit Packet The activities in this pre-visit packet have been designed to help you and your students prepare for your upcoming What Goes Bump in the Night? program at the St. Joseph County

More information

Name. A Walk in the Desert

Name. A Walk in the Desert Grade 4 Unit 5 Week 1 Selection Test Name A Fill in the bubble next to the best answer. A Walk in the Desert 1. A desert gets little rain and has a very dry climate. Climate is. A. a kind of desert cactus

More information

Deciduous Forest. Courtesy of Wayne Herron and Cindy Brady, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Deciduous Forest. Courtesy of Wayne Herron and Cindy Brady, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Deciduous Forest INTRODUCTION Temperate deciduous forests are found in middle latitudes with temperate climates. Deciduous means that the trees in this forest change with the seasons. In fall, the leaves

More information

POND SUCCESSION

POND SUCCESSION Name period date assigned date due date returned Directions: Carefully cut out the cards for each example of succession. Only cut out the six to eight cards for each type at one time. Match the picture

More information

Animal Adaptations -- Vocabulary

Animal Adaptations -- Vocabulary Section 1 Objectives o Children will understand what animal adaptations are. o Children will be able to explain why animal adaptations are important. o Children will be able to explain different types

More information

Energy flow & Biomes. Pay particular attention to the diagrams

Energy flow & Biomes. Pay particular attention to the diagrams Energy flow & Biomes Pay particular attention to the diagrams Bacteria feed at EVERY trophic level! Energy Movement Remember that organisms store energy to be used Stored energy is then taken by an organism

More information

Plant Adaptations. Location. Climate. Biome: Tropical Rainforest Animal Adaptations. Threats. Belt around earth, near equator

Plant Adaptations. Location. Climate. Biome: Tropical Rainforest Animal Adaptations. Threats. Belt around earth, near equator Belt around earth, near equator Always humid and warm(~26 C), 200-450cm/year of rain Deforestation ( once 20% now down to 7%) Loss of Native Cultures Exotic Animal trade >100 species per hectare Mutualism

More information

Plant Adaptations By Cindy Grigg

Plant Adaptations By Cindy Grigg Plant Adaptations By Cindy Grigg 1 What's the strangest place you've ever seen a plant growing? It sometimes seems as though plants can grow everywhere. You see them growing in your house, in your yard,

More information

Digital Desert. Teacher s Guide for sixth grade- What is available here? Objectives

Digital Desert. Teacher s Guide for sixth grade- What is available here? Objectives What is a Desert tutorial Virtual Habitat What is available here? What is a Desert? A flash animation tutorial that teaches students about the three characteristics of a desert How are Deserts Formed?

More information

Tropical Rain Forest. Tropical Dry Forest. Tropical Savanna. Adapted from Prentice Hall Biology: Miller, Levine.

Tropical Rain Forest. Tropical Dry Forest. Tropical Savanna.  Adapted from Prentice Hall Biology: Miller, Levine. Tropical Rain Forest Tropical Dry Forest Tropical Savanna Desert www.middlewaymom.com Adapted from Prentice Hall Biology: Miller, Levine. Tropical Savanna Characterized by a cover of grasses. Spotted with

More information

LESSON 2: ARIZONA S GEOGRAPHY

LESSON 2: ARIZONA S GEOGRAPHY LESSON 2: ARIZONA S GEOGRAPHY Estimated Time for Lesson 2 hours, 30 minutes State Standards Standards Taught Social Studies S4C1PO7: Locate physical and human features in Arizona using maps, illustrations

More information

CHAPTER 20 COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

CHAPTER 20 COMMUNITY ECOLOGY CHAPTER 20 COMMUNITY ECOLOGY MULTIPLE CHOICE 1. The relationship between a predator and its prey is best illustrated by a. a snake eating a bird. c. a lion eating a zebra. b. a fox eating a mouse. d. a

More information

4th GRADE MINIMUM CONTENTS UNIT 8: ECOSYSTEMS

4th GRADE MINIMUM CONTENTS UNIT 8: ECOSYSTEMS CEIP Ginés Morata 4th GRADE MINIMUM CONTENTS UNIT 8: ECOSYSTEMS WHAT IS AN ECOSYSTEM? An ecosystem is made up of all the living things and non-living things that function together in one place. All ecosystems

More information

Grade Level: Pre K - Kindergarten

Grade Level: Pre K - Kindergarten Grade Level: Pre K - Kindergarten Next Generation Sunshine State Standards SC.K.L.14.1; SC.K.L.14.3; SC.K.N.1.2 Program Overview Join the adventures of Alligator, Tortoise, Raccoon and Owl as they explore

More information

Desert Inspired Art Projects for Your Classroom

Desert Inspired Art Projects for Your Classroom Project #1 Desert Rubbings Palm tree bark 8 _ x 11 white paper/student carbon paper pastel crayons or crayons pencil or anything flat (used for making the rubbings) tape Have teacher discuss with class

More information

Name Date. Food Webs: The Sahara Desert

Name Date. Food Webs: The Sahara Desert Maggie s Weekly Lesson Pack! Name Date Food Webs: The Sahara Desert The Sahara Desert We think of very cold areas as harsh environments. But hot areas can be harsh environments, too. The Sahara Desert,

More information

STAAR Science Tutorial 52 TEK 8.11D: Food Webs & Symbiosis

STAAR Science Tutorial 52 TEK 8.11D: Food Webs & Symbiosis Name: Teacher: Pd. Date: STAAR Science Tutorial 52 TEK 8.11D: Food Webs & Symbiosis TEK 8.11A: Describe producer/consumer, predator/prey, and parasite/host relationships as they occur in food webs within

More information

Way Up in the Arctic by Jennifer Ward

Way Up in the Arctic by Jennifer Ward Way Up in the Arctic by Jennifer Ward Arctic north pole Arizona 32º latitude Arctic Arizona 5,800,000 square miles 114,000 square miles Arctic Hare Arctic Fox Arctic Tern Arctic Wolf Arctic Seal Beluga

More information

Adaptations 4.10A. predator: an animal that hunts and eats other animals Rice University All Rights Reserved

Adaptations 4.10A. predator: an animal that hunts and eats other animals Rice University All Rights Reserved A penguin swims through icy cold waters. It has special feathers that layer like shingles on a roof. These tightly packed feathers keep out cold water and keep its body heat in. The penguin also has special

More information

5.1 Ecosystems, Energy, and Nutrients

5.1 Ecosystems, Energy, and Nutrients CHAPTER 5 ECOSYSTEMS 5.1 Ecosystems, Energy, and Nutrients Did anyone ever ask you the question: Where do you get your energy? Energy enters our world from the Sun but how does the Sun s energy become

More information

Amazing Animals. Created by. Mrs. Wood s First Grade

Amazing Animals. Created by. Mrs. Wood s First Grade Amazing Animals Created by Mrs. Wood s First Grade April 2012 Amazing Cat By Makayla My amazing animal is the cat. It lives wherever people live. It is a carnivore and it eats package cat food. It can

More information

The Needs of Living Things 1.4

The Needs of Living Things 1.4 The Needs of Living Things 1.4 Organisms must have their basic needs (such as food, water, and suitable living conditions) met in order to survive. If an ecosystem does not supply an organism with its

More information

Childrenʼs Farmyard and Animal Nursery. Teacher Resource Pack

Childrenʼs Farmyard and Animal Nursery. Teacher Resource Pack Childrenʼs Farmyard and Animal Nursery Teacher Resource Pack Curriculum linked worksheets and activities SACSA Band: Early Years Learning Area: Science Strand: Life systems Key Idea Children investigate

More information

3 Types of Interactions

3 Types of Interactions CHAPTER 1 3 Types of Interactions SECTION Interactions of Living Things BEFORE YOU READ After you read this section, you should be able to answer these questions: What determines an area s carrying capacity?

More information

Characteristics of Terrestrial Ecosystems

Characteristics of Terrestrial Ecosystems Characteristics of Terrestrial Ecosystems Terrestrial ecosystems are land-based ecosystems. Rainforests, deciduous forests, and grasslands are all examples of terrestrial ecosystems. The Earth has many

More information

Module Three. Third and Fourth Classes

Module Three. Third and Fourth Classes Module Three Third and Fourth Classes Lá na gcrann Tree D ay Module Three Third and Fourth Classes Contents What is a tree Worksheet 1 How a tree lives Worksheets 2-4 Types of trees Worksheets 5-6 Seeds

More information

Dear Educator: Sincerely, Rachel Larimore Director of Education. o Vocabulary. o Food Chain Highs and Lows. o Rabbits and Foxes Story

Dear Educator: Sincerely, Rachel Larimore Director of Education. o Vocabulary. o Food Chain Highs and Lows. o Rabbits and Foxes Story Dear Educator: Included in this packet are various materials to use before and after your Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) program. Some of these materials may not be appropriate for the grade level you teach,

More information

Inquiry in the Garden - Stage 1 Transpiration

Inquiry in the Garden - Stage 1 Transpiration Teacher s Guide for sixth grade- Inquiry in the Garden - Stage 1 Desert Scene 1 Activity Overview In preparation for their visit to the Desert Botanical Garden, students examine the process of transpiration

More information

NOTE TO TEACHER: It is appropriate to introduce the mitochondria (where energy is made) as a major structure common to all cells.

NOTE TO TEACHER: It is appropriate to introduce the mitochondria (where energy is made) as a major structure common to all cells. 5.2.1 Recall the cell as the smallest unit of life and identify its major structures (including cell membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus, and vacuole). Taxonomy level: 1.1 and 1.2-A Remember Factual Knowledge

More information

GRADE 4 UNDERSTANDING LIFE SYSTEMS HABITATS AND COMMUNITIES

GRADE 4 UNDERSTANDING LIFE SYSTEMS HABITATS AND COMMUNITIES GRADE 4 UNDERSTANDING LIFE SYSTEMS HABITATS AND COMMUNITIES UNIT OVERVIEW In this unit students will build on their prior knowledge about the needs of plants and animals to explore how habitats work and

More information

Lesson Plan Two - Ecosystems

Lesson Plan Two - Ecosystems Lesson Plan Two - Ecosystems Summary Students discuss what living things need to survive. They identify the abiotic and biotic components of an ecosystem and describe the roles and interactions of producers

More information

Food Chains (and webs) Flow of energy through an ecosystem Grade 5 Austin Carter, Dale Rucker, Allison Hursey

Food Chains (and webs) Flow of energy through an ecosystem Grade 5 Austin Carter, Dale Rucker, Allison Hursey Food Chains (and webs) Flow of energy through an ecosystem Grade 5 Austin Carter, Dale Rucker, Allison Hursey References: Columbus Public Schools Curriculum Guide- Grade 5 GK-12 Biological Science Lesson

More information

PLANTS AND ANIMALS ON EARTH

PLANTS AND ANIMALS ON EARTH PLANTS AND ANIMALS ON EARTH It is estimated that there are around 7,7 million different species of animals on Earth and around 400,000 species of plants. There are many more plants and animal species still

More information

All plants and animals have a

All plants and animals have a ACTIVITY Summary: Participants explore the web of connections among living and non-living things. Grade Level: K-6 Time Needed: 45 minutes Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to: Create a web

More information

BROWARD COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCIENCE BENCHMARK PLAN. SC.F The student knows how all animals depend on plants.

BROWARD COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCIENCE BENCHMARK PLAN. SC.F The student knows how all animals depend on plants. activity 38 Food Chain Game BROWARD COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCIENCE BENCHMARK PLAN Grade 3 Quarter 4 Activity 38 SC.B.1.2.1 The student knows how to trace the flow of energy in a system (e.g., as in an ecosystem).

More information

6. Which of the following is not a basic need off all animals a. food b. *friends c. water d. protection from predators. NAME SOL 4.

6. Which of the following is not a basic need off all animals a. food b. *friends c. water d. protection from predators. NAME SOL 4. NAME SOL 4.5 REVIEW - Revised Habitats, Niches and Adaptations POPULATION A group of the same species living in the same place at the same time. COMMUNITY-- All of the populations that live in the same

More information

The Ecosystem of the Forest

The Ecosystem of the Forest The Ecosystem of the Forest The Ecosystem of the Forest Even if it doesn t look like it, all living things constantly interact with their environment. For instance, every time you take a breath, you get

More information

Insert Photo or Graphic for Unit or Lesson Theme. First Grade Unit B: LIFE SCIENCE Chapter 3: Needs of Plants and Animals Lessons 1 to 3

Insert Photo or Graphic for Unit or Lesson Theme. First Grade Unit B: LIFE SCIENCE Chapter 3: Needs of Plants and Animals Lessons 1 to 3 Insert Photo or Graphic for Unit or Lesson Theme First Grade Unit B: LIFE SCIENCE Chapter 3: Needs of Plants and Animals Lessons 1 to 3 Vocabulary List Unit B Life Science Chapter 3 Lesson 1 : What do

More information

FOOD CHAINS, FOOD WEBS AND ECOLOGICAL PYRAMIDS

FOOD CHAINS, FOOD WEBS AND ECOLOGICAL PYRAMIDS FOOD CHAINS, FOOD WEBS AND ECOLOGICAL PYRAMIDS SECTION 1 In an ecosystem, plants capture the sun's energy and use it to convert inorganic compounds into energy-rich organic compounds. This process of using

More information

Food chain to food web game. The Sun. Sun. The suns energy allows plant life to grow so that animals can survive. Produces heat and light

Food chain to food web game. The Sun. Sun. The suns energy allows plant life to grow so that animals can survive. Produces heat and light Sun The Sun The suns energy allows plant life to grow so that animals can survive. Produces heat and light Plants Plants Plants need the sun to make their own food through a process called photosynthesis.

More information

Lesson: Atchafalaya Wetland Food Webs

Lesson: Atchafalaya Wetland Food Webs Lesson: Atchafalaya Wetland Food Webs Grades four through six Overview Common Core Standards All life is connected in a delicate balance. An ecosystem is an area where an organism finds the food, water,

More information

Abiotic factors: hot and wet year-round; thin, nutrient-poor soils

Abiotic factors: hot and wet year-round; thin, nutrient-poor soils The Major Biomes This map shows the locations of the world's major land biomes. Other parts of Earth's surface are classified as mountains or ice caps. Each biome has a characteristic climate and community

More information

Name: Period : Jaguar Review: Life Science

Name: Period : Jaguar Review: Life Science Name: Period : Life Sciences-Benchmark A, B, C and D Jaguar Review: Life Science 1. What is the role of the mitochondrion in cells? A. It converts sunlight to energy. B. It controls all functions of the

More information

5.9B Food Webs Student Expectation. Key Concepts. Fundamental Questions. Pre-Assessment: Assigned February 9 th Due February 13 th, 2015

5.9B Food Webs Student Expectation. Key Concepts. Fundamental Questions. Pre-Assessment: Assigned February 9 th Due February 13 th, 2015 5.9B Food Webs Student Expectation The student is expected to describe how the flow of energy derived from the Sun, used by producers to create their own food, is transferred through a food chain and food

More information

This hands-on activity incorporates observing, classifying, predicting, sequencing, formulating models, and drawing conclusions.

This hands-on activity incorporates observing, classifying, predicting, sequencing, formulating models, and drawing conclusions. SCIENCE Science and the Environment 4 th Grade FOOD CHAINS Overview: All organisms, or living things, depend on other organisms for nutrients. The movement of nutrients through an environment is visualized

More information

Interdependency. reflect

Interdependency. reflect reflect Pets need people to feed and play with them. Houseplants need people to give them water. You need someone to make you dinner. In fact, all living things depend on each other to survive! depend:

More information

Habitat Comparison at the Garden

Habitat Comparison at the Garden Habitat Comparison at the Garden Several types of habitats are represented at the Atlanta Botanical Garden: tropical rainforest, desert, temperate deciduous forest and wetlands. During this activity students

More information

CURRICULUM MEDIA GROUP. S.M.A.R.T.box. Standards-based MediA Resource for Teachers. Desert Biomes. Teacher s Guide A DIVISION OF FILMS MEDIA GROUP

CURRICULUM MEDIA GROUP. S.M.A.R.T.box. Standards-based MediA Resource for Teachers. Desert Biomes. Teacher s Guide A DIVISION OF FILMS MEDIA GROUP CURRICULUM MEDIA GROUP S.M.A.R.T.box Standards-based MediA Resource for Teachers TM Desert Biomes Teacher s Guide 32935 A DIVISION OF FILMS MEDIA GROUP INTRODUCTION This Teacher s Guide provides information

More information

Region of Georgia : Mountains

Region of Georgia : Mountains Region of Georgia : Mountains Northern most region of GA Cold weather in the winter Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Georgia Lots of creeks and streams High above sea level Poor soil for farming

More information

FOOD CHAINS, FOOD WEBS AND ECOLOGICAL PYRAMIDS

FOOD CHAINS, FOOD WEBS AND ECOLOGICAL PYRAMIDS FOOD CHAINS, FOOD WEBS AND ECOLOGICAL PYRAMIDS In an ecosystem, plants capture the sun's energy and use it to convert inorganic compounds into energy-rich organic compounds. This process of using the sun's

More information

Maintaining Cactus and Succulents

Maintaining Cactus and Succulents Maintaining Cactus and Succulents Master Gardener Education February 22, 2011 Jack Kelly University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Pima County Cooperative Extension Tucson, Arizona

More information

The Biosphere Study Guide

The Biosphere Study Guide ANSWER KEY Name The Biosphere Study Guide Period Directions: Read pg. 572-588 in Science Explorer. Answer the following questions. Land Biomes 1. What is a biome? a group of ecosystems with similar organisms

More information

8 th Grade Science Organisms and their Environment Review

8 th Grade Science Organisms and their Environment Review 8 th Grade Science Organisms and their Environment Review #1 The tree is an example of a in the food web. Producers perform photosynthesis. A: Prey B: Decomposer C: producer D: Herbivore C. Producer #2

More information

food chain Encyclopedic Entry

food chain Encyclopedic Entry This website would like to remind you: Your browser (Apple Safari 7) is out of date. Update your browser for more security, comfort and the best experience on this site. Encyclopedic Entry food chain For

More information

The Tundra. The coldest of all biomes. By: Ashley Laveriano, 7th grade, Mrs. Bateman

The Tundra. The coldest of all biomes. By: Ashley Laveriano, 7th grade, Mrs. Bateman The Tundra The coldest of all biomes. By: Ashley Laveriano, 7th grade, Mrs. Bateman Types of Flowers: The most known flowers and plants of the tundra are BearBerry, Arctic Moss, Arctic Willows, Caribou

More information