Habitats and Ecosystems


  • Wild, Wild Life | PLUM LANDING

    Explore city wildlife in this animated video from PLUM LANDING. Cooper and Oliver tell Plum that cities have very little wildlife—but when they are accidentally shrunk and dropped into a patch of grass in the city, they discover they were wrong. They discover a whole busy world down there—populated by insects, slugs, and spiders!

    Grades: 1-4
  • Explore the Outback: A Photo Scavenger Hunt

    Players are challenged to complete a series of missions to photograph desert plants and animals in the Australian outback, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. Through the clues that Plum provides, players learn about desert ecosystems, the plants and animals living there, and how they are adapted to desert life.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Finding Forests

    A group of friends explores an urban forest with a U.S. Forest Service ranger, in this media gallery from PLUM LANDING. They see how the network of trees and other green spaces creates a forest in the city, providing a habitat for birds, squirrels, and other forms of wildlife. They also learn how forests are like cities for animals, where many things live on trees, from the top of the canopy to the roots in the ground. They even find things living in the dead trees on the forest floor!

    Grades: 1-4
  • Feed the Dingo: An Ecosystem Game

    Players strive to create a balanced desert ecosystem in which each animal has enough food to survive over a period of 12 days, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. Players see how the different species of plants and animals in a desert depend on one another. They also experiment with how changing the amount of one resource affects the whole ecosystem. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Discover the Mountains

    Join two families as they learn how mountains change from the bottom to the top while hiking in Massachusetts and Colorado, in this media gallery from PLUM LANDING. Throughout their mountain adventures, the families use mathematics and model science process skills such as observing, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting and communicating results. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Can You Dig It?

    Players take on the role of bilbies, rabbit-sized Australian marsupials, as they race through the landscape looking for food and avoiding predators—and trying not to run into rocks—in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. They also learn about the bilby’s life cycle and the plants and animals that share its ecosystem.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Underwater Hiding Places

    Ella and her friends explore hiding places for the creatures living at an aquarium—a coral reef and a mangrove swamp, which is a place between the ocean and a body of freshwater, such as a river or stream—in this video from PLUM LANDING. They observe how different animals use mangrove roots as hiding places and how underwater animals are masters of disguise, with coloration and patterns that help them to avoid being eaten by predators. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Break It Down

    Bring on the ants! Players send leafcutter ants and mushrooms—two important rainforest decomposers—into the leaf litter that is built-up on the forest floor, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. In the process, they make healthy new soil that will provide nutrients for other organisms.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Go Plant a Tree

    Lucy and her friends plant trees with the city arborist, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They talk about how trees provide food and shelter for animals. They also discuss how trees help the environment by taking in carbon dioxide from the air and producing oxygen. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Jungle Jeopardy: An Ecosystem Game

    Players strive to create a balanced rainforest ecosystem in which each animal has enough food to survive over a period of 12 days, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. Players see how the different species of plants and animals in a rainforest depend on one another. They also experiment with how changing the amount of one resource affects the whole ecosystem. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Catch Me If You Can

    Ella and her friends experience how animals use the features of their habitats, such as trees, bushes, or rocks, to hide from predators or to help them sneak up on prey, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They also see how an animal’s size affects how it moves through its habitat. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Invaders!

    Players identify and remove invasive species from ecosystems around the world, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. But they must act quickly, before the invasive species use up all the resources!

    Grades: 1-4
  • Habitat Sweet Habitat

    Three siblings talk about where a group of imaginary animals would find food, water, and shelter in their backyard, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They make drawings of the imaginary animals, scout out ideal habitats for them in the backyard, and create posters highlighting the habitat and how it meets each animal’s needs. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Mountain Scramble: An Ecosystem Game

    Players strive to create a balanced mountain ecosystem in which each animal has enough food to survive over a period of 12 days, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. Players see how the different species of plants and animals in a mountain ecosystem depend on one another. They also experiment with how changing the amount of one resource affects the whole ecosystem. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Pin the Moose on the Mountain

    Three siblings work together to make a map of a mountain ecosystem, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They make predictions about food webs on the mountain and annotate their map with drawings of plants and animals, creating a visual picture of the interactions between the organisms in a mountain ecosystem. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Jungle Rangers: A Photo Scavenger Hunt

    Players are challenged to complete a series of missions to photograph rainforest plants and animals in Borneo, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. Through the clues that Plum provides, players learn about rainforest ecosystems, the plants and animals living there, and how they are adapted to rainforest life. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Gabi Notices a Nest

    Gabi retraces her steps through the mountains to find her lost bracelet, in this animated video from PLUM LANDING. When she doesn't find it, she wonders if an animal might have wandered away with it—after all, it didn't fly away…or did it?

    Grades: 1-4
  • Seed Racer

    Catch that fluff! Players explore the different ways that seeds are dispersed (as burrs in fur, consumed by birds or transported by mammals, floating on the wind or water, or spinning through the air), in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. Along the way, players learn about the plants in a mountain ecosystem, how their seeds travel, and how animals rely on them.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Clem Marvels at a Mangrove

    Clem documents the many different animals living in a tree in a mangrove swamp—in the canopy, on the trunk, and among the roots—and discovers that it is like an “apartment house for animals,” in this animated video from PLUM LANDING.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Make a Mangrove: An Ecosystem Game

    Players strive to create a balanced mangrove ecosystem in which each animal has enough food to survive over a period of 12 days, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. Players see how the different species of plants and animals in a mangrove swamp depend on one another. They also experiment with how changing the amount of one resource affects the whole ecosystem. 

    Grades: 1-4

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