How do you explain the difference between
ecosystem and habitat to a third grader?
I think of an ecosystem as being a more
general or broader term (includes various animals and plants)
while I see a habitat as being the immediate
surroundings of a particular species
(particularly of an animal). For example,
the ecosystem of a desert includes a lot of
animals and plants (as well as soil, rocks,etc)
but the habitat is about one particular animal and
could include a cactus and the surrounding area.
At this age level it seems a bit confusing or I am not doing
a very good job of it.