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Terrestrial Ecosystem Posters

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 6 pages | Years: 3 - 6

Six educational posters describing types of Terrestrial Ecosystems.

Desert –

Plant life: very little vegetation can grow in the desert. Cactus, succulents, bush and cholla are common.
Climate: dry, hot and sunny all year round. 40ºC common during the day, can get to 0ºC or colder during the night.
Annual rainfall: less than 250 mm.
Locations: Northern Africa,Eastern Europe, Australia and Mexico.


Tropical Rainforest –

Plant life: Two-thirds of all flowering plants can be found in a rainforest. The floor is covered in nutrient rich leaf litter and the soil is very acidic.
Climate: humid, warm and wet, with an above average temperature of 18ºC.
Annual rainfall: more than 2000 mm.
Locations: Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, Central America, Mexico.


Temperate Grassland –

Plant life: mostly grasses, sedge, rush and some woody plants, shrubs and trees.
Climate: 20ºC summer average, -5ºC winter average, but there are some grasslands that can get as cold as -20°C.
Annual rainfall: 600–1,500 mm.
Locations: All continents except Antarctica.


Deciduous Forest –

Plant life: trees and plants that lose their leaves each year such as oak, maple, beech and elm.
Climate: warm, moist summers with 23ºC average and mild winters averaging -1ºC .

Annual rainfall: 762–1,524 mm.

Locations: North America, East  Asia and Europe.


Tundra –

Plant life: permanently frozen soil, moss, heath and lichen. No trees can grow in the permafrost.
Climate: cold winter with average -28ºC and very windy summers with average 12ºC .
Annual rainfall: 152–254 mm as rain, fog and melted snow.
Locations: Russia, Canada, USA and Antarctica.


Coniferous Forest –

Plant life: pine trees, spruces, larches, birches and evergreens.
Climate: very large temperature range between seasons, with long cold winters averaging -20ºC and summer averaging 18ºC.
Annual rainfall: 200–750 mm as rain, fog and snow.
Locations: Russia, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Japan and USA.





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  • Lucy Murfet

    Just wondering if you could add wetlands to these poster set and also to the powerpoint set? Thanks

    • Kristian

      Hi Lucy, Thanks for your suggestion. Please feel free to request a resource here: https://www.teachstarter.com/request-a-resource/ Requests are voted on by the Teach Starter community. We create the top request each week. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I'm more than happy to help.