World Biomes #6: The Deciduous or Temperate Forest, by Cheryl
Previously: The Ocean
The fun part of this study has been that I never know where we will end up! I select a biome; I pick up all the books our library has, and any we have lying around at home. We read. We learn about the biome’s animals and plants, but we always come across a topic in general biology or ecology that I did not expect to cover. This time we had a detailed lesson in food chains and animal life cycles! They are topics we have covered in this study already, but we were given some new vocabulary words to describe the food chain, and we discovered some new things about animals and their young.
Forest by Sean Callery covers eleven animals in three food chains. It describes the life cycle of each animal as well as it’s place in the biome’s food chain.
Temperate Forests by John Woodward and Deciduous Forests by Jennifer Hurtig both give great overviews of this biome.
Animal Homes by Angela Wilkes is a book we found in a Chick-Fil-A kids’ meal. I love that they place books in their kids meals! We have a few lined up for the next parts of our study!
Investigating Why Leaves Change Their Color by Ellen Rene and Fall Leaves: Colorful and Crunchy by Martha E.H. Rustad taught us about decidious trees and how leaves make food.
Animals of the Deciduous Forest
Animals we found in this habitat include the white crab spider, gray langur, Bengal tiger, woodpeckers, blue jays, white-tailed deer, opossums, black bear, vampire bats, red-tailed hawks, stick insects, giant pandas, chipmunks, lynx, snow monkey, koalas, hornbills, wild dogs, chameleons, and my daughter’s favorite — the sugar glider!
We took a field trip to the zoo where we were able to see white-tailed deer, chameleons, wild dogs, bats, tigers, black rat snakes, and red-tailed hawks.
Deciduous Trees and Plants of the Temperate Forest
We learned to identify oak, maple, and elm trees by their leaves. We also looked at the ferns and mosses that grow in the forest.
Food Chain, Producers, Primary Consumers, Secondary Consumers, Predator (Tertiary Consumers), Decomposers, Torpor, Ruminants, Pigments, Chlorophyll, Carotenoids, Anthocyanins, Tannins
The deciduous forests lie between the tropics and the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. While some biomes experience one or two seasons each year, the temperate forests have four very distinct seasons.
Fun and Easy Activities
The Chick-Fil-A books are great for a few reasons: they are quick reads, they have good information, and they have easy activities! We made birds’ nests out of paper bowls, grass and leaves from the yard, and a little glue.
We also made leaf prints. We picked leaves from the yard, laid them on watercolor paper, covered them with a paper towel and gently hammered them. My daughter loved the beautiful prints it made. I think we will repeat this in the fall with many colored leaves to see what happens!
I got a little carried away with this lapbook! Match Animals to their Homes, print two Pockets (one for your Animals and one for your Bird pictures 1, 2, 3), identify the leaves of Deciduous Trees, mark the forest areas on your Map, review vocabulary, and identify the Parts of a Leaf. Don’t forget to color your Cover Page!
Next time: The Mountains!
Cheryl–Cheryl is a singing, dancing, baking, homeschooling mom of three. She has danced her whole life and taught ballet and theatre for most of her adult life. Her favorite pastime has always been cooking and baking, and as a Pampered Chef Independent Consultant she gets to share that love with others. Home educating her three children has been and continues to be one of her greatest learning experiences! It is an adventure she is ready to continue.