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Home is Where My Habitat is

Many different plants and animals live in any gven habitat, both on land and in the water. To explare this phenomenon, we follow a jumping spider named Kippy in her search for a new habitat. This spider belongs to the species Bagheera kiplingi, which lives in the tropical dry forest ecosystem of northwestern Costa Rica. This particular animal was chosen because, unlike most spiders, it feeds primarily on the nutritious leaf tips of acacia trees, makin it the only known vegetarian spider. Though her orginal habitat is small, some of the aninmals that Kippy encounters require much larger habitats. Diversity doesn't just exist in the types of plants and animals but in form and habits as well. As the story progresses, students make observations and use evidence to determine the habtiat needs of various species, reinforcing the concept of habitat and diversity while inspiring children to think about habitats and how they may be appreciated and restored around the world, as well as close to home.

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