Age 9-11: Concept 2 - Diversity and Interdependence: Unit 3

Travel the globe in search of geographic and biological diversity. Recognize the difference between biomes and ecosystems. Appreciate the role that each organism plays within its niche. Research the biomes and ecosystems that can be found within your state. Create your own book to present biomes around the globe.

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit for My Side of the Mountain.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fifth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: What Is a Biome? (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Cycles in Biomes
  • Lesson 3: Grasslands
  • Lesson 4: Forest Biomes (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: The Tundra
  • Lesson 6: The Desert
  • Lesson 7: Wetlands and Freshwater Biomes
  • Final Project: Biomes and Ecosystems in Your State (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Compare different ecosystems and describe how biodiversity is being reduced. (Science)
  • Describe and compare several common ecosystems (communities of organisms and their interaction with the environment). (Science)
  • Determine the interaction of organisms within an ecosystem. (Science)
  • Discuss and determine the role of light, temperature, and soil composition in an ecosystem's capacity to support life. (Science)
  • Examine and differentiate between the populations and communities that make up an ecosystem. (Science)
  • Explain and evaluate some ways that humans affect ecosystems. (Science)
  • Explain why an ecosystem can support a variety of organisms. (Science)
  • Identify and analyze the functions of organisms within the population of the ecosystem: producers, consumers, and decomposers. (Science)
  • Identify how decomposers, including fungi, insects, and microorganisms, recycle matter from dead plants and animals. (Science)
  • Observe, examine, and record data about ecosystems including living and nonliving things that interact. (Science)
  • Recognize how materials are recycled in nature. (Science)
  • Recognize how sugar, water, and minerals are transported and used by plants . (Science)
  • Recognize plants use carbon dioxide and energy from sunlight to build molecules of sugar and release oxygen. (Science)
  • Recognize that ecosystems can be characterized by their living and nonliving components. (Science)
  • Understand that in any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. (Science)
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