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Biomes (Grade 5)

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Which of these is used to describe and identify a biome?
  1. The average precipitation and temperature
  2. The characteristic community of organisms, particularly plants.
  3. The distance from the equator
  4. The specific geographical location
Which biome has the greatest diversity of living things?
  1. grassland
  2. taiga
  3. rainforest
  4. desert
This biome has some of the richest and most fertile soil in the world.
  1. taiga
  2. tundra
  3. grassland
  4. desert
The Earth's coldest and harshest biome is the                         .
  1. Tropical Seasonal Forest
  2. Taiga
  3. Temperate Forest
  4. Tundra
Rainfall in the deciduous forest biome varies from
  1. 20 to 40 inches per year
  2. 30 to 80 inches per year
  3. 10 to 60 inches per year
  4. 30 to 60 inches per year
  5. none of the above
Which subregion in the United States is located in the Grassland Biome?
  1. Mid Atlantic
  2. Great Lakes
  3. Pacific
  4. Great Plains
The temperate deciduous forest biome is typically warmer and has more rainfall than the coniferous forest biome.
  1. True
  2. False
Which biome experiences the least amount of annual precipitation?
  1. temperate grassland
  2. tropical dry forest
  3. desert
  4. temperate woodland and shrubland
The vast frozen plains located within the Arctic Circle are called the                .
  1. tundra
  2. boreal forest
  3. timberline
  4. permafrost
How long is the rainy season in the savanna?
  1. 2-3 days
  2. 12 weeks
  3. 1 year
  4. 4-8 months
Dry grasslands in coastal areas                .
  1. savannas
  2. prairies
  3. chaparral
  4. hot deserts
This habitat includes open ocean, seashore, and it covers 75% of the planet. There is a very high salinity level, and a wide variety of animals.
  1. Marine
  2. Taiga
  3. Tundra
  4. Pond
Trees like oak and hickory are usually found in what type of forest?
  1. deciduous
  2. boreal
  3. evergreen
  4. desert
This biome is known for snow and evergreen (coniferous) trees. It is the largest biome. The colors of plants and animals tend to be dark. The tree's leaves are needle-like and never stop doing photosynthesis. Animals and adaptations are relatively the same to the Tundra.
  1. Grassland
  2. Tropical Rain Forest
  3. Deciduous Forest
  4. Taiga
How are tundra and desert ecosystems similar?
  1. They both have rich soil.
  2. They both support a lot of plant life.
  3. They both receive little rainfall.
  4. They both have extremely warm temperatures.
Why do large trees have a difficult time living in the tundra?
  1. A tundra is too hot for trees to grow large.
  2. Animals that live in a tundra destroy most vegetation.
  3. The soil in a tundra is too poor for large trees to grow.
  4. Flooding occurs too often in a tundra for large trees to grow.
The savanna supports huge herds of migrating ungulates such as                            .
  1. horses, cattle & sheep
  2. boars, elephants & lions
  3. zebras, gazelles & giraffes
What kind of soil is most likely found in the desert?
  1. dark, damp soil
  2. dry, sandy soil
  3. sticky, red soil
  4. think, muddy soil
Which is the best description of animals that live in a desert ecosystem?
  1. They are light-colored, camouflaged to blend in, and are most active at night.
  2. They are covered with fur to keep them insulated, and they require a lot of water.
  3. They are equipped with webbed feet, and they stay in the water most of the day.
  4. They are bright-colored, easily seen in their surroundings, and active during the day.
You are lost in a forest. The humidity and temperature are very high. In tall trees, you can see monkeys and toucans. The forest floor is dark with little plant life. Give the name and probable location of this biome. Describe its general climate and two characteristics.

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