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


The Fairview Review
"This is an excellent resource for science classes looking for activities to balance out more sedentary learning." Read the complete review online.

Praise for previous edition of Amazing Biome Projects by Donna Latham

School Library Journal
“Although the text addresses young ‘eco explorers’ directly, this book will likely be used as much by teachers, parents, and organization leaders in planning group activities. Students can learn how to make a glacier, an erupting volcano, and a tornado in a bottle. Latham also lists ways to help the environment in everyday life.”

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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


Greetings, Eco Explorer!

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

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