Magazine article Social Studies Review

Biomes: Series Set

Magazine article Social Studies Review

Biomes: Series Set

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Biomes: Series Set

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Have you been looking for a geography series almost guaranteed to fascinate young readers? If so, the exciting new geography series is the key! The following titles are included in this vividly illustrated series: Boreal Forests, Caves, Chaparrals, Deciduous Forests, Deserts, Fresh Waters, Grasslands, Mountains, Oceans, Rain Forests, Tundras and Wetlands. Every single page of this series contains numerous photographs that are so realistic and unusual that they are sure to make the reader look closer to find out more about the subject.

The headings and subheadings on each page make the fun and interesting details easy to locate by breaking the print down into fact packed paragraphs such as this one from Boreal Forests which is sub-titled "Scatter Hoarding":

Many year-round bird species store food for the winter. Gray jays begin hoarding in June. They store hundreds of food items, including insects, spiders, berries, and mushrooms. Jays pack the food into pellets and coat them with saliva. Then, they cram the pellets into cracks in the bark of a tree or in a cluster of conifer needles. Chickadees and tits are also hoarders. These birds store seeds, berries, and insects. Each bird hides thousands of food items each day in needle clusters, lichens, bark, curled leaves, and broken branches. Some chickadees use silk from spider webs and cocoons to hold the seeds in place.

Each volume contains a brightly colored two page map of the world with the specific biome color coded on the map. Entitled "Where In The World?" in Wetlands, this section challenges our young readers to find where they live on the map and then locate the wetland areas closest to them.

Have you ever heard of a pingo, a polygon (not the mathematical kind), a nekton or a benthos? Neither had I until I picked up the Biomes series. Students feel empowered when in possession of facts that adults are unlikely to be aware of and this series imparts these gems in a number of ways. According to Tundra,

Pingos are giant mounds of soil and decaying plant matter that reach up to 100 feet (30m) high and 1,000 feet (305m) wide. Pingos form when plants die in lakes that trap meltwater. In winter, the lakes freeze and expand, causing the dead plants and soil to rise to the surface. …

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