What is the difference between a biome and an ecosystem?

It is easy to confuse an ECOSYSTEM and a BIOME.

Read this post on ecosystems.

Then read this post on biomes.

What can we conclude after reading this information and our discussion?

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TASK 1

Work in pairs to make a Venn diagram, and write the differences and similarities of ecosystems and biomes.

 

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TASK 2

  • Get into groups of 3 or 4.
  • Choose a different biome for each group (BTW – there are six on your knowledge rating scale….grasslands, wetlands, ocean, arctic, tundra, savanna)
  • Make a poster that clearly shows all the information you know about your biome.
  • Check out this website – Enchanted learning – biomes – for clues and help
  • Display your poster for every one to learn from your research and work!

 

Your poster should include references to: –

  1. Location – Where in the world can this biome be found?
  2. Landforms/Elevation – Are there mountains, flat lands, underwater places, at / above / below sea level….?
  3. Climate (seasons, temperature & rainfall) – What’s the weather like? Seasons? Temperature? Rainfall?
  4. Water – Is there fresh water or salt water in this biome?
  5. Plant life – What kind of plant life can you find in this biome?
  6. Animal life – What kind of animal life can you find in this biome?

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TASK 3 – FOLLOW UP ACTIVITY – checking that the posters are effective.

In groups, look at each others posters. Can you find the  following information from the other posters? Make a note of the information in your U.o.I. journals. Don’t forget to write the title of the biome poster you are looking at.

  1. Location – Where in the world can this biome be found?
  2. Landforms/Elevation – Are there mountains, flat lands, underwater places, at / above / below sea level….?
  3. Climate (seasons, temperature & rainfall) – What’s the weather like? Seasons? Temperature? Rainfall?
  4. Water – Is there fresh water or salt water in this biome?
  5. Plant life – What kind of plant life can you find in this biome?
  6. Animal life – What kind of animal life can you find in this biome?

 

  • Did you find all the information you needed? If not, what was was missing?
  • Was each poster effective, or could some of the posters have been better?
  • What would you recommend to the groups that made the posters so they can improve their posters?
  • Do you think this will help you check your own posters by yourself in the future before you display them?

What is a biome?

Biomes are very large ecological areas on the earth’s surface, with fauna (animals) and flora (plants) adapting to their environment.

Biomes are often defined by factors such as climate, relief, geology, soils and vegetation. A biome is NOT an ecosystem, although in a way it can look like a massive ecosystem. If you take a closer look, you will notice that plants or animals in any of the biomes have special adaptations that make it possible for them to exist in that area. You may find many units of ecosystems within one biome.

There are five major categories of biomes on earth. In these five, there are many smaller biomes (or sub-biomes), under which are many more well defined ecosystems.

Let us find out what kinds of biomes there are:

Go to this website and click on the buttons to find out about each biomes

 

(Information adapted from Interactive Learning Resource – eschooltoday.com )

What is an Ecosystem?

An ecosystem includes all of the living things (plants, animals and organisms) in a given area, interacting with each other, and also with their non-living environments (weather, earth, sun, soil, climate, atmosphere).

In an ecosystem, each organism has its own role to play.

Consider a small puddle at the back of your home. In it, you may find all sorts of living things, from microorganisms, to insects and plants. These may depend on non-living things like water, sunlight, temperature, atmospheric pressure and even nutrients in the water for life.

This very complex, wonderful interaction of living things and their environment, has been the foundations of energy flow and recycle of carbon and nitrogen.

Anytime a ‘stranger’ (living thing(s) or an external factor such as rise in temperature) is introduced to an ecosystem, it can be very bad for that ecosystem. This is because the new organism (or factor) can upset the natural balance of the interaction and maybe harm or destroy the ecosystem.

Unfortunately ecosystems have been disrupted, and even destroyed by natural disasters such as fires, floods, storms and volcanic eruptions. Human activities have also contributed to the disturbance of many ecosystems and biomes.

 

(Information adapted from Interactive Learning Resource – eschooltoday.com )

Thursday – April 17, 2014

Notes

  • We will have the iPad trolley on Wednesday and Thursday this week
  • Online Book Club: The International Schools Online Book Club, organized by Friends of the Library, will be open for orders this week. For more information, please ask at the Library.

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Period 1 (8:40 – 9:20) Language Arts

Reading Groups

Period 2 (9:20 – 10:00) –

Typing pal – Raz kids – Handwriting

Period 3 (10:00 – 10:40) – U.o.I.

Communities (cont’d)

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Period 4 (11:00 – 11:40) – U.o.I.

Sim City

Period 5 (11:40 – 12:20) – U.o.I.

Sim City

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Period 6 (1:20 – 2:00) – Specials

Languages (Chinese, Dutch, ESL)

Period 7 (2:00 – 2:40) – Specials

PE with Ms. Watkins

Period 8 (2:40 – 3:20) -Math

Division Story

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HOME LEARNING

Don’t forget to work on your home learning tasks! Bring everything in on Friday!

Wednesday – April 16, 2014

Notes

  • What a fabulous Student Led Conference Day yesterday. Thanks to all the parents for coming! Check out the photos HERE
  • We will have the iPad trolley on Wednesday and Thursday this week
  • Online Book Club: The International Schools Online Book Club, organized by Friends of the Library, will be open for orders this week. For more information, please ask at the Library.

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Period 1 (8:40 – 9:20) – Language Arts

Typing Pal AND HANDWRITING assessments

Period 2 (9:20 – 10:00) – Specials

PE/Swimming with Ms. Watkins

Period 3 (10:00 – 10:40) – Specials

Performing Arts with Mrs. Long

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Period 4 (11:00 – 11:40) – Math

Fact families Multiplication/Division

Period 5 (11:40 – 12:20) – Language Arts

Capital Letters and full stops

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Period 6 (1:20 – 2:00) – Specials

Languages (Chinese, Dutch, ESL)

Period 7 (2:00 – 2:40) – U.o.I.

Sim City

Period 8 (2:40 – 3:20) – U.o.I.

Sim City

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HOME LEARNING

Don’t forget to work on your home learning tasks! Bring everything in on Friday!

Friday – April 11, 2014

 

Notes

  • Bring empty cartons and boxes in to build your city plan
  • Friday, April 11 – NO PLAYING ON THE TIGER FIELD –  APAC softball
  • TUESDAY APRIL 15 – Student Led Conferences

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Period 1 (8:40 – 9:20) – Practicing conferences

We will practice having a go at working through our portfolio today. You will get into pairs and take turns in leading your partner through your portfolio. You will need your folder and your laptop for this.

Parent prompts

Student prompts

Period 2 (9:20 – 10:00) – Practicing conferences

Period 3 (10:00 – 10:40) – Assembly – 3K

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Period 4 (11:00 – 11:40) – Specials

Performing Arts with Mrs. Long

Period 5 (11:40 – 12:20) – Language Arts

Persuasive writing – vocabulary

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Period 6 (1:20 – 2:00) – Specials

Languages (Chinese, Dutch, ESL)

Period 7 (2:00 – 2:40)

Library

Period 8 (2:40 – 3:20) – Founders’ Theatre

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Thursday – April 10, 2014

Notes

  • Bring empty cartons and boxes in to build your city plan
  • Thursday, April 10 – G3 long jump finals
  • Friday, April 11 – NO PLAYING ON THE TIGER FIELD –  APAC softball
  • TUESDAY APRIL 15 – Student Led Conferences

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Period 1 – 4

Field trip to the Maizidian area to support our Unit of Inquiry – looking at services within a community.

Period 5 (11:40 – 12:20) – U.o.I.

Reflection on our Field trip – with a follow up activity for the services provided in the Maizidian district.

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Period 6 (1:20 – 2:00) – Specials

Languages (Chinese, Dutch, ESL)

Period 7 (2:00 – 2:40) – Specials

PE with Ms. Watkins

Period 8 (2:40 – 3:20) – Language Arts

Persuasive writing – HAVE AN OPINION!

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HOME LEARNING

Don’t forget to work on your home learning tasks! Bring everything in on Friday!