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Where plants and animals live

Science, Grade 3

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Study Guide Where plants and animals live Science, Grade 3

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WHERE PLANTS AND ANIMALS LIVE Environment An environment is everything that surrounds a living thing or person. Everything that lives on Earth lives in a certain environment. Living things get everything they need to survive from their environment. An environment includes living and nonliving things. Examples of nonliving things in an environment are air, water, soil, and the sun. All the parts of environment, both the living and nonliving parts, depend on each other for all living things to survive. Lesson Checkpoint: What is an environment? Climate How’s the weather? The climate of an environment is the weather in that specific place all year long. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
Habitat Where do you live? A habitat is where living things make their homes and live. A habitat supports a plant or animal, and has everything they need to survive. A plant needs sunlight, air, water, and soil in its environment to survive. Populations and Communities Who lives around you? The same kind of living things in one area at the same time is called a population. An example of a population is a herd of elephants living together. All the populations that live together in the same area at the same time are called a community. An example of a community are birds, rabbits, squirrels, and trees living in same forest. Lesson Checkpoint: What is a habitat? © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
Ecosystem Now think bigger about the world around you…An ecosystem is all the parts of an environment that work together, or interact with each other. An example of a living part depending on nonliving parts in an environment: a plant needing soil to grow in. In a rain forest ecosystem, the soil has nutrients for foliage that can survive in the rain forest, such as ferns and certain flowers. Ecosystems change over time. One part of an ecosystem can change an entire environment. An example of one part of environment changing another part of an environment is when fewer plants grow during winter which means less food for animals. Or when tall trees in a forest are cut down for lumber, which changes the amount of sunlight and shade that the shorter plants receive. There are many different ecosystems in the world. Climate is an important part of an ecosystem. So each type of climate has particular types of ecosystems. Lesson Checkpoint: What is an ecosystem? © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
Grassland A Grassland is an ecosystem that has a lot of grass and flowering plants but not a lot of trees. Grasslands have warm and often hot summers, and cooler and even cold winters. Grasslands also have little rain which is why trees do not grow well in this ecosystem. Trees need damp or wet soil in order to grow and survive. Grasses in a grassland have deep roots which allow them to find water that is deep in the soil. As you can see, this climate supports the plants that live in this ecosystem. Desert Some like it hot, and cold? A desert is an ecosystem that gets very little to no rain each year. In a desert the days are very hot and the nights are often cool and even cold. Many plants and animals can survive without a lot of water in the desert. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
Tundra The tundra is an ecosystem that is cold and on dry land. The soil of the tundra stays frozen all year long which means no trees are able to grow in this ecosystem. The winter days of the tundra are very short. Some areas of the tundra do not even receive sunlight during the winter. The days during summer last a long time. Some areas of the tundra receive sunshine 24 hours a day in the short summer. Trees Trees, trees, and more trees…Coniferous, deciduous, and tropical are different kinds of forest ecosystems. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
Wetlands Some like it wet…The wetlands are low lands that are covered by water for some time during the year. Water flows very slowly through a wetland ecosystem. Water Some like it even wetter…Water ecosystems include lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, and oceans. Water ecosystems include freshwater, salt water, or both types of water. Lesson Checkpoint: Name three kinds of ecosystems. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
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