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Homes and Habitats
An ecosystem includes the plants and animals as well as weather and landscapes. In other words, the entire population of living things in the region like a city. Ecosystems include aquatic—marine and freshwater and terrestrial —forest, desert, grassland, and mountain. National Geographic explains a bit more about ecosystems in this article. The five major land habitats include deciduous forest, coniferous forest, savanna, tropical rain forest, desert, and tundra. And there are water habitats as well.
Do you know any kids who are curious about the amazing homes that animals build in their natural environment? Or how we design and build our own houses? We've gathered up a great collection of books, activities, apps, and websites for learning all about homes and habitats. Try pairing fiction with nonfiction books and exploring different genres like poetry and biographies and formats like graphic novels and audio books. You'll be creating your own "text sets" — collections of texts focused on a specific topic, such as homes and habitats. Reading widely in this way helps children build background knowledge , vocabulary , and comprehension skills. Purchase book.
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By Steven Hicks. Most children have a limited conceptual understanding of animals. While they may know the names of some of their favorites, they know little about what distinguishes one group of animals from another. These books help children to see similarities and differences between animals and introduce their habits and habitats. Classroom Tip: Children can compare their eye to the eye of a squid or their hand to the hand of a gorilla. Classroom Tip: I copied many sets of animal tracks and each day taped a different one on the wall for students to identify. Fourteen amazing animals are depicted in this colorful assortment of world records from the animal kingdom.