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Fourth graders investigate the characteristics of plants and animals in the grasslands. In this wildlife instructional activity, 4th graders are given reference materials about grasslands and gather information on the wildlife. Students write down questions and answers based upon the grasslands and play a game of "Twenty-One." The game reinforces facts about the grassland wildlife.
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.
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 make a class book of their favorite grassland animals. In this grassland animals lesson, students read the story Simba by Disney and make a craft camera for an outside adventure. Students take pictures of imaginary animals and then illustrate their pictures in the classroom to create a class book of grassland animals.
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.
Learners read a passage (included) about America, its land, and seas. Learners 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.
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.
Young scholars 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.