Receive a FREE book, Exploring Central America by Elle Staples & Shannen Yauger ($13.99 value), with your purchase of a physical Ecosystems Course Book!*
Explore the wonders of the vast world that surrounds us, from the amazing creations found in your own backyard to the most extreme biomes on Earth, in the updated Ecosystems science unit. Every little part of the earth, from the drops of water in the ocean to lumbering elephants to each unique person, is an important part of our world!
Each family will need one copy of the Course Book and one Student Journal per child. Don’t miss the read-aloud book pack and 7–8 extension book available below to expand learning and immerse your children in the beauty and wonder of Ecosystems!
Lesson 1 – Introduction to Ecology
Lesson 2 – Biotic and Abiotic Factors
Lesson 3 – Levels of Organization
Lesson 4 – The Interconnection of Producers and Consumers
Lesson 5 – Energy Pyramids and Trophic Levels
Lesson 6 – Interactions of Living Things
Lesson 7 – Terrestrial Biomes
Lesson 8 – Aquatic Biomes
Lesson 9 – Ecological Succession
*The free book will be automatically added to your cart after adding the course book. No coupon code is necessary. Only available with the purchase of the physical course book while supplies last.
Optional Suggested Reading
How the Unit Works
Required Course Items
Course Book One Per FamilyDetails:
The full-color Course Book guides the parent through each lesson in the Ecosystems science course. Hands-on activities, engaging videos, vocabulary words, beautiful illustrations and images, along with engaging information is found throughout the course. Once you gather any simple lesson supplies, the lessons are open-and-go. Just turn to a lesson and start reading and learning together! This course is taught family-style and only one Course Book is needed per family.
- 112 pages
- 9 lessons
- Wire bound; 8.5″x11″
A Student Journal for each child is also needed to complete this course.
Student Journal Grades 3-6 One Per StudentDetails:
Each student grades 3–6 needs his or her own copy of the 32-page Ecosystems Student Journal which includes interactive activities, games, and worksheets the child will complete during the lessons. The parent-led lessons in the Course Book will direct the student regarding when to complete the Student Journal activities.
Student Journal Grades 7-8 One Per StudentDetails:
Each student grades 7–8 needs his or her own copy of the 48-page Ecosystems Student Journal which includes interactive activities, games, and worksheets the child will complete during the lessons. The parent-led lessons in the Course Book will direct the student regarding when to complete the Student Journal activities. The grades 7–8 journal also includes a student-directed Lesson Extension for each lesson. These allow your older students to dive deeper into the lesson concepts.
Optional Suggested Reading
Ecosystems Read-Aloud Book PackDetails:
Two full-color, interactive books for all ages included in the optional Ecosystems Read-Aloud Book Pack expand learning and provide a fun, engaging addition to your Ecosystems study. Purchase above.
- Ecosystems in Your Backyard by Nyree Bevan
- Elf Owl and His Ecosystem by Megan Noel
The Amazon Rainforest Ecosystems Grades 7-8 ExtensionDetails:
We recommend this book as extra reading for students in Grades 7–8. The Amazon Rainforest will take you on a journey of discovery down the Amazon River and up into the treetops filled with clouds. There is so much to learn about this tropical ecosystem, from the geography and climate, to the kinds of lush vegetation and fascinating predators and prey who call the rainforest their home. Purchase above.
The Good and the Beautiful Christian Worldview
The Good and the Beautiful curriculum takes a general Christian worldview, focusing, not on the doctrine of any particular Christian church, but on high moral character and basic Bible principles such as gratitude, honesty, prayer, and kindness. Parents can add in their own doctrinal beliefs as desired.
The curriculum is reviewed by members of many different faiths to make sure that the curriculum does not include doctrine specific to any Christian church. We have reviewers and users of the following denominations and more: Lutheran, Assemblies of God, Catholic, Baptist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mennonite, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nazarene, Methodist, Non-Denominational, and Seventh Day Adventists.