Land and Life
Terrestrial refers to things related to land or the planet Earth. Six primary terrestrial ecosystems exist: tundra, taiga, temperate deciduous forest, tropical rain forest, grassland and desert. Terrestrial ecosystems are distinguished from aquatic ecosystems by the lower availability of water and the importance of water as a limiting factor. Terrestrial ecosystems differ from aquatic ecosystems in a number of other ways too – including greater temperature fluctuations, the availability of sunlight, and availability of gases (air). Terrestrial life is characterized by a community of organisms and their environment that occurs on the land masses of continents and islands. Generally continents are identified by convention rather than any strict criteria – seven regions are commonly regarded as continents. An island is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water. Earth science overlaps with ecology and life science in understanding the symbiosis between land and life.
Lesson 1 (or “Day 1”) Material
Lesson 2 (or “Day 2”) Material
- Day 2 Instructor Presentation
- Day 2 Student Handout
- Day 2 Rubric
- Read Earth 38 – Land
- Read Earth 38 – Island
- Read Earth 38 – Terrestrial ecosystem
- Read Earth 38 – Tropical rain forest
- Read Earth 38 – Taiga
- Read Earth 38 – Deciduous forest
- Read Earth 38 – Tundra
- Read Earth 38 – Grassland
- Read Earth 38 – Desert
Lesson 3 (or “Day 3”) Material
Lesson 4 (or “Day 4”) Material
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Compare Contrast and Debate
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- Position A: type position A here ….
- Position B: type position B here ….
Resources Documents and Links
- Lab 12 Diversity of Life
Special Notes and Notices
- Science & Engineering Practice: Analyze and interpret data.
- Cross-Cutting Concept: Stability and Change.