Desert Ecosystem vs. Rainforests Ecosystem

Information About This Unit

List of Materials and Supplies Needed for This Pathway:

Biome in a Bag:

  • 2 2-liter soda bottles, each cut in half
  • 2 gallon sized resealable bags
  • Pebbles
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Seeds (whatever kind you have on hand)  


Fun with Pineapples:

  • A fresh pineapple
  • A sharp knife (adult supervision required)
  • A trowel or large spoon
  • Soil
  • A container to grow the pineapple in water 


Solar Water Fountain:

  • A plastic, ceramic, or terra cotta waterproof container
  • Acrylic paint and a paintbrush
  • Polymer clay
  • Sealer
  • River rocks
  • Blue solar water (instructions are onsite)
  • A blue bottle (to make solar water)
  • A small aquatic pump


Desert Card Game:

  • 8" x 11" cardstock (9 sheets)
  • A glue stick
  • Scissors
  • A printer and basic printing supplies 


Rainforest Mural:

  • A sheet of mural paper about 3' x 6' (you can make it smaller or larger based on preference)
  • Crayons or paints



  • Printer supplies
  • Pencil or pen

Links to Free Learning Material

Subjects: Science
Grade Levels: 5th Grade
Resource Type: Lesson
Instructional Method: Traditional
Special Needs: Kinesthetic Learner