Teach your curious conservationist or ecologist about the types of biomes in the world with this roundup of unit study resources that are free or frugal.
Types of Biomes: Free and Frugal Unit Resources
Here is a list of free and frugal homeschool videos, printables, and more that you can use to teach a unit study on biomes (also aligns nicely with Classical Conversations).
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Printables and Written Activities
- Types of biomes in the world – maps/geography activity – includes an answer key and several different options for various learners and teaching needs.
- Complete unit study with facts, worksheets, project ideas (must have a subscription plan for Enchanted Learning to use all the resources here)
- Complete Cycle 2 lapbook of memory work for all 24 weeks of Classical Conversations curriculum, includes biomes. We loved these lapbooks, as we followed CC’s history and geography curriculum here. Not free though 😉
- “Biomes Posters and Fold-Ups” by the Science Penguin. The fold-ups are great for science notebooks, posters, or lapbooks! Can be used for student research and presentations or note-taking. Not free.
- Biome note-taking page (scroll to find it)
Crafts, Games, Apps & Fun Stuff
- Create a biome in a bottle
- Make a tabletop biosphere: use these ideas/pictures as a starting point to make your own.
- Talk about the different biomes in Minecraft! If your kids enjoy the game, it’s perfect for bringing up the topic of biomes within it. Just ask your kids (or watch the video linked below)
- Ecology and Environmental Science apps approved by Common Sense Education.
- Mission: Biomes – Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to investigate biomes, then test your knowledge about the biomes by completing each mission.
- Biomes of the World informational site for kids, interactive learning
- Here’s a site that has an introduction to biomes and habitats for young children.
Books about Biomes
- “Explore the Biomes” Series by Kay Jackson. Check these out at your local library – they’re excellent.
- Habitats Science Readers and also Ecosystems Science Readers by William B. Rice
- Biomes and Ecosystems by Barbara J. Davis
- Seek & Find Biomes: Tundra, Alpine, Forest, Rainforest, Savanna, Grassland, Desert, Freshwater & Marine by Jorrien Peterson
- Biomes: Discover the Earth’s Ecosystems with Environmental Science Activities for Kids by Donna Latham
- Earth’s Biomes (TIME FOR KIDS) by Jennifer Kroll
- What Is a Biome? (The Science of Living Things) by Bobbie Kalman
- Many Biomes, One Earth by Sneed B. Collard III
- Biomes and Ecosystems – 7 Book Set by Teacher Created Materials
Videos for Types of Biomes
Introduction to Biomes video – beautiful, but child must be able to read fluently, or else you need to stand by to read aloud.
Fast and cute video, child must be able to read fluently or else the content must be read aloud to them.
This video is descriptive, informative, good visual representation, but difficult vocabulary for younger children that may need to be explained
“This is my Biome” music video – Minecraft parody – not really very educational, but if you use Minecraft as a resource for teaching about biomes, it’s kinda cute.
“My Biome” music video – good facts included, educational lyrics sung to “I’m Coming Home” (music by P. Diddy)
Biomes video – child must read well and fast!