Stage 1 will study Biomes in Term 2. They will explore the concept of biomes as places on Earth that share a similar climate (temperature range and rainfall) such as tropical and temperate forests, deserts, grasslands, tundra and the aquatic biome. Our focus will be investigating how the needs of living things such as the plants and animals that live in these areas are met.
Grasslands are dominated by a single type of plant - grass.
There are huge areas of grassland across the northern part of Australia. Mrs. Rao and Gilbert were lucky enough to spend a wonderful week in the Kimberley last year.
Click on the image below to use an excellent interactive from Melbourne Museum that investigates the different environments found in the state of Victoria.
What is a Biome? How many different types are there on Earth? What kinds of plants and animals are found in different biomes?
Find the answers to these questions by exploring these great websites:
NASA: Mission: Biomes
MBG Biomes of the World
PBS Learning Media: Biomes
Desert Biome - Alice Springs Desert Park
Deserts are the driest biome and cover about a fifth of the Earth's surface. They have very specialised plants and animals that have special adaptations to cope with the dry and (usually) hot conditions. Click on the photograph above to watch an interesting video about adaptations for moving across sand.
Have some fun by switching animal parts around to make new animals and learn about their habitats and requirements at the same time!
The tundra is a biome unlike any other. Cold, treeless and amazing - covered in snow for half the year and yet many wonderful plants and animals make their homes in the tundra. Check out these videos of some of these tundra animals.
Year 2 are very excited about studying Antarctica and then entering the competition to name Australia's new Icebreaker. Use these wonderful resources to find out more about this frozen continent.
Watch this wonderful video from the people at Marine Explorer. Did you realise that there was so much amazing biodiversity right here along the coast in Sydney? This was filmed at Shark Point, Clovelly. Listen to the humpback whale song in the video as well. Beautiful!
INVESTIGATING MINIBEASTS IN THEIR HABITATS
Year 2 loved getting their hands dirty while investigating the biodiversity of invertebrates (mini-beasts) in two different habitats around the school. Using pooters and sorting through leaf litter made them realise just how much biodiversity is literally beneath our feet!