This Ecosystems Compare and Contrast Notebook is designed to help students research and discover some of the ecosystems found around the world. It includes multiple activities for students to research and then compare and contrast ecosystems from two different parts of the world. For example, they could choose to study a mangrove swamp and compare and contrast those found in the southern United States with those found in Indochina.
For each ecosystem studied, there is a research page where they can record answers to questions about the ecosystems such as the types of plants and animals found in each of the two locations they chose, the average precipitation and temperature in each, and other interesting facts. The second activity is a pair of Venn diagrams to complete. The third assignment is to draw a picture of the ecosystem from one of the two locations studied and note which plants and animals they included. The final assignment is to create flashcards to help them remember key information about plants or animals studied.
Worksheets for thirteen different ecosystems are included, with one set for eleven of the ecosystems and two sets for the remaining two ecosystems. A list of possible locations to research for each ecosystem is also provided. Ecosystems covered include bamboo forest, chaparral, coral reef, desert, grassland, grassland (steppe), mangrove swamp, mountains, taiga, temperate deciduous forest, temperate rain forest, tropical dry forest, and tropical rain forest. 64 pages total. Ages 8-13.
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