Biomes of the World
Sara Bean of “Love at Home Education” has created an entire series on the different biomes of the world. These units can be purchased as one entire unit or separately. Each of the six units targets all grade levels, K-12, and there are dozens of activities to choose from in each individual unit. For example, at least one full page of links is included to supplement each of the individual biome units. These links include suggestions for subject specific books, art, as well as poetry.
All Units include:
- Reading List
- Blank Homeschool Reading Logs
- Free Photos
- Block Letters that form the words for particular animal/plant studied.
- Mini Units
- Writing Guidelines for K-12
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Interesting study of the Vikings, with fascinating supplemental activities. For example, Norse poetry, how to make Viking Bread. Also, awesome projects including making jewelry, and how to make white dye fabric. Another interesting project involves learning about the Vikings’ individual style of boats.
- Arctic Owl
- Arctic Wolf
- Woolly Mammoth
Three different types of forest are categorized as Biomes of the World today.
All three biomes are divided into separate units.
These units all contain mini units.
- Passion Flower
- Vanilla Orchid
Also included is an Aztec, Mayan, and Inca journal page.
- Timber Wolf
- Willow Tree
- Fir Tree
- Pine Tree
- Spruce Tree
- African Lion
- Racka Sheep
- Milkweed and Monarch Butterfly
- Gila Monster
- Mesquite Tree
- Snap Dragon
- Desert Tortoise
Overall, these Units provide plenty of fun activities and food for thought and can be utilized as part of any K-12 Life Science curriculum.
Keep in mind, however, that the Biomes of the World curriculum assumes the “Continental Drift” theory is a fact. In case you aren’t familiar with the idea of the “Continental Drift,” theory and the term “Pangaea.”
The “Continental Drift” theory states that at one time all the continents today existed as one big body of land. The term, “Pangaea,” is in reference to the one big body of land. The “Continental Drift” theory states that the current continents we have today are the result of the one body of land breaking apart into separate continents At a very slow rate. Thus, the “Continental Drift,” theory states that the continents existing today took 3.3 billion years to form.
Unfortunately, the “Continental Drift” theory is stated as fact in every single unit, throughout the entire curriculum.
I do accept as valid that there may have, at one time, been one large continent, or Pangaea. However, I don’t adhere to the belief that the Pangaea formed at a slow rate as is stated in each of the Biome units. I believe there are other valid explanations for how the continents separated. I also believe that 3.3 billion years was not necessary to make this happen.
For example, a worldwide flood with its catastrophic conditions easily could have resulted in one big body of land being broken up into several.
In fact, the Bible states in Genesis 7:11-12, 17-20 (King James Version)
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth.
18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
Based on these verses, it is clear to me that the flood of the Bible was enough to break up “Pangaea” and that it would not have required 3.3 billion years.
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