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  • 0:04 Plant Habitats
  • 0:43 Forests and Woodlands
  • 1:13 Grasslands
  • 1:49 Deserts
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Instructor: Kathryn Miedema Dominguez

Kathryn has taught elementary students for over ten years and has her master's degree in elementary education.

Habitats that support plants must have food, water, and space for them to grow. There are various types of plant habitats, including forests, woodlands, grasslands, and deserts.

Plant Habitats

Ruby the Robin picked up a seed off the ground with her beak and wanted to find the best place to plant it. She flew over a woodland, a forest, a grassland, and a desert, but didn't know which to choose. They are all plant habitats, but which one would be best for this seed?

A habitat is the place where a plant lives. It must have adequate food, water, and space. Each type of habitat has specific characteristics that pair well with different kinds of plants. Not all plants can live in woodlands, nor can all plants live in the desert. There are many types of plant habitats, but forests, woodlands, grasslands, and deserts are common throughout the world.

Forests and Woodlands

Forests and woodlands get a fair amount of rain and can support the growth of many trees. There are various types of forests and woodlands depending on climate. Climate is the yearly weather pattern in a region.

For example, pine forests are found at higher elevations, which have cold temperatures in the winter and moderate temperatures in the summer. On the other hand, rainforests get a lot of rain, and the temperature stays similar throughout the year. It's important to remember that trees in forests grow more closely together than those in woodlands.

Grasslands

Grasslands are large, open areas with many different types of grasses. There can be a few trees, but they're usually spread far apart. Some other names for grasslands are prairie, savanna, and meadow. Grassland habitats get less rain than woodlands, but more than deserts.

There are two main types of grassland habitats: tropical and temperate. Tropical grasslands are closer to the equator and have taller grasses, while temperate grasslands are found farther from the equator in both the northern and southern hemispheres. The grasses in temperate grasslands are shorter because they're in colder climates.

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