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Fifth graders view a PowerPoint and discuss the animals of the Serengeti to become familiar with the Grasslands. In this Serengeti grassland lesson, 5th graders choose a Serengeti animal and label its adaptations. Students take notes on a reading about the Serengeti.
Witness the spectacular imagery of tropical grasslands in this non-narrated video. Read some facts pertaining to this biome in the first minute, and then enjoy a brief glimpse of the wildlife native to the tropical grasslands.
High schoolers view a video clip about grasslands. They identify threats to grasslands and describe cultures which have adapted to grassland conditions. They discuss possible solutions to preserve grasslands as well.
Students explore the grasslands. In this grasslands lesson, students examine paintings and discuss the different types of animals that live in the grasslands. Students examine the grassy areas around them and compare them to the paintings of the grasslands they see.
Learners explore animal habitats in this collaborative lesson. First, they read Who Lives Here? by Dot and Sy Barlowe. Next, they get into groups to do research on one of three habitats, ponds, grasslands, or deserts. Finally, they create a visual presentation of what they learned, and share it with the class.
Students examine characteristics of four different habitats: grasslands, ponds, the Arctic, and forests.
Students examine how effects of farming practices in the early 20th Century contributed to severe soil erosion of a large portion of the North American grasslands.
Students participate in a grassland game. In this grassland instructional activity, students simulate the impact of grazing animals and invasive weeds on grasslands.
From the depths of the oceans to the peaks of the mountains, your class will see the world with new eyes after this lesson plan. In a discussion about different ecosystems such as the jungle, the tundra, and the grasslands, they will describe which plants and animals might exist in those regions. After the discussion, have them draw a picture of the area in which they were born. If you don't like the scripted format, you could easily take the ideas to craft your own lesson plan.
Students get an overview of the climate and organisms of the North American Prairie. After a lecture, and watching some videos imbedded in this plan, students compile research data on the North American Prairie.
Students discuss the information on the first three handouts to learn the vocabulary associated with grazing and grasslands (included with the lesson). Students work in small groups to find the land cover data for their assigned county. They use ArcView Prairie to Mountain Explorer data to complete their assignment. Groups share their information with the rest of the class.
Students contrast a weedy annual grassland of introduced species with an undisturbed, ancient plant community of native bunchgrasses and wildflowers.
Students study the Temperate Grasslands biome of North America. They explain that it is an endangered ecosystem because the rich soils have been converted to farming in most areas. They view videos imbedded in this plan, then complete biome maps.
Second graders are introduced to the grassland environment and the plants and animals that live there. They investigate the roles of predator and prey and how the loss of one or the other can upset the balance of nature.
The big question posed by this activity is, what can children learn or do with Landsat satellite images? As you'll find out, they can interpret satellite images to learn more about the impact of climate change on prairies and grasslands. They use three included images to quantify how much water has shifted to dry land over a ten year period.
First graders define a habitat. They describe and illustrate the different types of habitats and the organisms found in the various habitats. They classify animal pictures into the correct habitats. They complete a summary activity of animals found in each habitat.
Students study five different biome types including aquatic, desert, forest, grassland, and tundra. They create a travel website of a simulated trip to one of the biomes.
Fifth graders identify how a pond can change into a grassland. An ecosystems lesson where learners identify pioneer and climax species, and recognize that ecological succession can take up to 100 years or more. Some excellent activities and worksheets are embedded in this fine plan.
Explore the five biomes: aquatic, desert, forest, grassland and tundra by using online resources to investigate one of the five biomes and use MediaBlender to create an informational web site for a tour of that biome. Note: Other software applications can be substituted.
Fifth graders investigate biomes of the earth. In this biomes lesson, 5th graders explore eight different biomes which include the tropical rain forest, deciduous forest, grasslands, and taiga. They design an artistic scrapbook that shows the characteristics of their assigned biome which they research using the Internet and books.

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