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Biomes: Discover the Earth’s Ecosystems with Environmental Science Activities for Kids

By Donna Latham  
Illustrated by Tom Casteel

What’s the difference between a desert and a rain forest? A tundra and a coniferous forest? These are all examples of biomes, and they are all home to Read More

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Includes: Table of Contents | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Environmental Science


Praise for previous edition of Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out by Donna Latham

2012 Skipping Stones Honor Award in the category of Nature and Ecology

The Society of Midland Authors: Best Children's Non Fiction

Children's Literature Review
“One of thirty-one in the ‘Build It Yourself' series, this edition focuses on informing elementary students of the impact that garbage is making on our world and provides directions on twenty-five short projects students can use to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink" trash . . . An interesting layout with simple black and white illustrations, boxed ‘Trash Flashes,' ‘Words to Know,' and ‘Did You Know' features to keep youngsters interested . . . format is perfect for classrooms to take on this subject as a group. Of course, it is printed on recycled paper by a company committed to ‘green' initiatives.”

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What’s the difference between a desert and a rain forest? A tundra and a coniferous forest? These are all examples of biomes, and they are all home to plants and animals that are uniquely adapted to live in those environments!

In Biomes: Discover the Earth’s Ecosystems with Environmental Activities for Kids, middle school kids journey across the planet and visit the world’s nine terrestrial and aquatic biomes to learn about the distinctive climates, geologies, resources, and organisms that can be found there. Kids will wander through forests, sizzle in deserts, shiver in the tundra, plunge beneath the seas to explore coral reefs, and slog through marshy waters. Along the way, readers will encounter the flora and fauna adapted for survival in each unique climate zone. They'll learn about gnarly krumholz trees, bioluminescent sea creatures, camouflage, carnivorous plants, and blubbery marine critters.

The health and wellbeing of the world’s biomes are an essential part of the balance of the planet as a whole. Biomes and their inhabitants around the world are being threatened by climate change and human behavior. In Biomes, kids will learn how to take steps toward positive change and keep the environment healthy and functioning in a way that best supports sustainable life on Earth!

Biomes includes hands-on STEM activities and critical thinking exercises to encourage readers to consider threats to the environment and figure out ways to be part of the solution. Fun facts, links to online primary sources and other supplemental material, and essential questions take readers on an exploration of the biomes of Earth.

Biomes is part of a set of four Build It Environmental Science books that explore the history and science of the planet and all that live on it through hands-on STEM activities and real-life environmental connections. Other titles in this series are Planet Earth, Garbage, and Biodiversity.

Try these hands-on environmental projects!

  • Plant your own hummingbird garden
  • Experiment with acid rain
  • Make your own recycled paper


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Chapter 1
Home Sweet Home

Chapter 2
Deciduous Forests

Chapter 3
Coniferous Forests

Chapter 4
Tropical Rainforests

Chapter 5

Chapter 6
Temperate Grasslands

Chapter 7
Tropical Savannas

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11
What Goes Around Comes Around