A habitat is the natural place a plant or animal lives. If a habitat changes so that a plant or animal can't live there anymore and survive, the species of plant or animal either adapts (changes) or moves. Examples of habitats are a cave, a tree stump or a pond. A biome is an area on earth that has a particular kind of climate that supports certain plants and animals. For instance, for a raccoon, a hollow tree might be its habitat. The tree itself is in the forest biome. The forest biome is the place on earth that has the right soil and temperatures for trees to grow. Raccoons live in hollow trees so the biome raccoons live in is the forest.
In Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself you can find out about major biomes on earth and then go one step further by building a biome yourself. Make a volcano that actually erupts or watch a tornado form inside a bottle. My favorite, because I like plants, is the terrarium. A terrarium is a little garden inside a closed glass container. Once you make it you can put some water in it and close the lid. Believe it or not, the water cycle will start to happen after a few days in the sun and "rain" will collect on the side of the glass and "fall" again. Try it yourself: DIY Terrarium
Listed below are books and websites that will help you with your science homework about biomes. Earth is a big place. There are a lot of them! Use this page to help you get started.
Science in Context: Biomes is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Science in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about Biomes.
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