Ecosystems and Biomes Reading Passages Food Chains, Photosynthesis

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Make teaching about ecosystems fun with these engaging and hands-on activities. This complete unit has information about biomes, food chains, photosynthesis, herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. Your students will love learning all about ecosystems with this BEST SELLER!

A DIGITAL version of this resource is available for Google Classroom.

With Information About:

  • Types of Ecosystems (Micro, Meso, Biomes)
  • Biomes: Aquatic and Terrestrial
  • Abiotic and Biotic
  • Herbivores, Carnivores, and Omnivores
  • Natural Cycles of Earth
  • The Balance of Nature
  • Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers
  • Photosynthesis
  • Animals Basic Needs
  • Food Webs & Chains

With Lots of Engaging Activities:

  • Tri-fold (Brochure) Organizers for INBs
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Flipbook (5-pages)
  • Photosynthesis Sequence Activity
  • Producers, Consumers, Decomposers Notebook Flaps
  • Ecosystems Match-up Flaps
  • Video Links shared on YouTube
  • Cloze Passages
  • Vocabulary Posters
  • Vocabulary Flip Flaps
  • Spotlight on Vocabulary
  • Rainforest Food Chain Activity
  • Desert Food Chain Activity
  • Fact or Fiction Activities
  • Teacher's Pacing Guide
  • Unit Test (Easel Assessment)
  • Answer Keys
  • Diagrams for Photosynthesis
  • Diagrams for Food Chains

Plus students will meet a famous environmentalist, John Muir

There are 4 Main Activities:

Introduce the Unit with the Anticipatory Set with T/F questions to pique students’ interest and build background knowledge.


Introduce the vocabulary words with real-life photo posters. You could post these posters around the classroom and have the students travel around to write the definitions under the flip-flaps in their notebooks. These look fantastic on a bulletin board too!

Reading – Learning Stations:

As a class, read the first few passages about ecosystems, types of ecosystems, and biomes. Then set up a learning station or science center for further learning about related topics. Have students read the passages, answer the questions, and complete the organizer/activity for each concept to reinforce learning. Students can read about a famous environmentalist, John Muir.

For Herbivores, Carnivores, & Omnivores:

✔Reading Passages

✔Tri-fold Organizers (2 pages)

✔Five Facts Webs

✔Identify & Sort Photo Activities

✔Fact or Fiction Coloring Activities

Hands-on Activities:

There are lots of activities included for partner work, fast-finishers, whole group discussion, homework, or for reviewing at the end of the unit:

✔Cloze Passages

✔Diagrams: Photosynthesis, Food Chains

✔Writing Prompt



Using my Five-Step Method below makes learning about Ecosystems meaningful and fun for students.

Part 1: Hook’em with “Fast Facts” Anticipatory Guide. Students predict the answers to guided questions at the beginning of the unit and then check-n-correct their answers after learning the information or at the end of the unit.

Part 2: Read-n-visualize with high-interest passages all about ecosystems with real-life photographs. Use these passages as a unit overview, study guides, center (station) activities, group work, or even notes for their binders or notebooks.

Part 3: Focus on Skills

Fact vs. Opinion

Making Connections




Supporting Details and Main Idea

Part 4: Vocabulary posters with real-life photographs on the document camera, interactive whiteboards, or perfect for bulletin board displays. You can either preserve these for another year or bind them together as a book for your classroom library.

Part 5: Show what you've learned with exit slips, comprehension questions, and engaging activities to evaluate learning. Reflections are perfect for student portfolios and Parent-Teacher Conferences.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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