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BC Grade 5 Subject IRP:

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Food Chains


Extreme Environments: Ocean

Extreme Environments: Desert

Extreme Environments: Polar Regions

Ecosystems (Grade 7)


Teachers might enjoy watching this video about the Animal Adaptation centres in Mrs. Matthew's Grade 5 Class.


Student Links


Sqworl Page of Student Links

Here is a collection of student links chosen from the sites below. 




World Book for Kids

WBFK has links for habitat, biome, and also for specific biomes such as grassland, tundra, etc.  Students can double-click on words to see their definitions and there is built-in text-to-speech.  The articles can also be printed.


World Book for Students

SBFS has links for habitatbiome, and also for specific biomes such as grassland, tundra, etc. Students can double-click on words to see their definitions and there is built-in text-to-speech. The articles can also be printed.


World Biomes

This outstanding Kids Do Ecology website features a definition of biomes and links to many different kinds of biomes, games, and related resources.   The biomes pages require reading but are written in relatively simple language.  Recommended by grade 5 teacher Caren R.


NASA Mission: Biomes

This excellent NASA website features information on 7 different biomes.  Each page contains essential characteristics given in point form, pictures, maps, and a more detailed description.  Information in point form is deal for students who find large amounts of text challenging.



BBC Kids:  Habitats

This website includes information on Habitats, How Plants and Animals Adapt, and Animals Suiting their Habitat.  The pages contain a limited amounted of simply-written text that can be printed.  There are also links to a game and quiz.

Animal Fact Sheets

At this Canada Geographic website, students can view websites about Canadian animals or download fact sheets in .pdf format.  Large collection but requires grade level reading.  Thanks Caren R.



Games and Interactives


Graph Match Game

In this activity from the NASA biomes page, students read a temperature graph and a precipation graph and then choose one of two cities listed below that best match the data.  Students would need some help getting started with this activity as it might not at first apparent what to do.  Includes beginner and advanced levels.


To Plant or Not to Plant

In this activity from the NASA biomes page, students click on a plant to learn its characteristics and then choose the biome where it would likely thrive from a drop-down menu. 


Sammy's Science House:  Acorn Pond

This popular Edmark program is available online at Learn Now BC for teachers and students in BC.  In the Acorn Pond activity, students learn about how a pond changes through the seasons.  In the exploratory mode, students click on animals to learn about them.  In question mode (click the picture frame) students respond interactively to questions about the animals.


BBC Kids Match Alien to Environment Game

In this game, students read descriptions of aliens and choose the proper environment where they can survive.  Much but not all of the text is accompanied by speech support.


Photos, Slideshows, and Videos


Study Jams Videos: Biomes, Aquatic Ecosystems, Plant Adaptations, and Animal Adaptations

Engaging video about biomes from StudyJams includes quiz. The biomes are taiga, tundra, deciduous forest, tropical rainforest, desert, and grassland.  Another video covers saltwater and freshwater Aquatic Ecosystems.  The Plant Adaptations video covers the vocabulary adapt, adaptation, environment, and natural selection and includes a quiz.  The Animal Adaptations video covers the vocabulary instinct, camouflage, instinct natural selection and includes a quiz.



Harcourt Science Up Close:  World Biomes, Pond Ecosystem

The World Biomes interactive defines biome and shows a world map of biomes.  Students click on pictures to learn more about the forest, desert, tundra, and grassland biomes. The Pond Ecosystem interactive features 4 very short movies about different aspects of the pond:  birds, plants, frogs, and pond ecosystem.  Built-in accessibility features allow users to turn on sound or closed captioning and keyboard shortcuts. 

Regions of Canada Video 14:26

This video, set to music contains pictures with captions showing scenes from several regions of Canada.  The video could be used to start a discussion of characteristics of the regions including animals, plants, and geography.  Thanks Caren R.

NFB Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes 16:40

This video, created by the National Film Board of Canada, is set to music which explains the changes in this area over the past 10,000 years.  Thanks Caren R.



Clicker 5 Grids (Requires Clicker5 Software)



In this gridset, created to support the grade 4 curriculum, students learns about adaptations that help animals survive in their habitats.  Created by Kathy Ryan.


Living Things Get Their Food from Habitats

In this gridset, created to support the grade 4 curriculum, students learn how various animals get their food from their habitats.  Created by Kathy Ryan.


Personal Choices Affect Habitats

In this gridset created to support the grade 4 curriculum, students learn and write about how their personal choices affect habitats.  Created by Kathy Ryan.





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