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Life in the Grassland
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.
Open Spaces-Constant Change of the Grassland of the United States
Students discuss the information on the first three handouts to learn the vocabulary associated with grazing and grasslands (included with the instructional activity). 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.
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 Impact of Climate Change on Prairie Potholes Activity 3 Landsat Activity
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.
Seas of Grass
Learners 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.
A Blast with Grass
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.
Physical Systems, Here and There
Young scholars study physical systems such as polar, rainforest, forests, deserts, and grasslands in Canada. They make a pictorial map and find examples of similar systems in the world.
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.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Where Do You Live?
Young scholars 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 examine the story of the Dust Bowl as they discover how farming practices of the early 20th Century caused soil erosion in the North American grasslands. They investigate how mulch reduces water and wind erosion in two activities.
The Formation and Value of Temperate Grasslands
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.
Where's the Grass
Students participate in a grassland game. In this grassland lesson, students simulate the impact of grazing animals and invasive weeds on grasslands.
Animals At Home
Students explore the differences in animals that live in the coniferous forest, deciduous forest and grassland biomes. In small groups, they create a mural depicting one of the biomes. As a whole class, they play a game in which they draw an animal name and place it in one of the biomes.
The Formation and Value of Temperate Grasslands
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.
From Sea to Shining Sea: United State Geography Vocabulary
Learners read a passage (included) about America, its land, and seas. Students think about the meanings of the words contrasts, vast, grasslands, fertile, bayous, glaciers, tundra, and plateaus. They label illustrations with the correct vocabulary words and complete several other activities. They finish by writing the vocabulary word on the line next to its meaning.
ELD Lesson Plan: Ecosystems
From the depths of the oceans to the peaks of the mountains, your class will see the world with new eyes after this lesson. 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.
Rivers, Maps, and Math
Students use maps to locate and label the major rivers of North and South America. Using the internet, they identify forests, grasslands, mountain ranges and other landforms on the continents as well. They compare and contrast the lengths of the Amazon, Mississippi and other river systems.
Native Americans ~ Biomes Web Quest/Grasslands
Fourth graders conduct research about the biome of the American grasslands. They use the internet in a computer lab. The teacher can use the website provided or find others. Students complete a custom worksheet made for completing work at the website provided.
Field Trip to San Bruno
Students contrast a weedy annual grassland of introduced species with an undisturbed, ancient plant community of native bunchgrasses and wildflowers.