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- Jay I., Teacher
- Marshall, NC
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Young ecologists examine the case of the prairie dog, and their near extinction. They read a terrific student handout embedded in the plan, and engage in a class discussion that's based on what they read. Learners perform research on people who work as wildlife biologists, and they begin to understand how the scientists study and assist species of animals that have become threatened and/or endangered. A thought-provoking, and interesting activity!
StudentS name and discuss facts of the characters in "The Prairie Dog that Met the President". They create a 4 to 8 beat chant about a character from the opera, play a percussion instrument with an assigned rhythm and identify a melody by correctly pairing it with a character from the opera.
Using the prairie dog community as an example, middle school ecologists examine the food web. Pairs of learners take one species in the community and research its role in the ecosystem. They share their findings with the rest of the class. The assignment is rather simple, but there is some informative background information provided to help introduce it to your class.
Fourth graders use their knowledge of prairie dog communities to design their own model prairie dog towns. Teachers are provided with background information on prairie dogs and are encouraged to show examples to stimulate creativity. Students produce models that will be shared and described in front of the class.
Pupils identify and interpret the relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts. They identify and relate to music in relation to history and culture. Finally, students gain knowledge of the history of the Presidents' role in the United States and summarize their thoughts about living in the United States.
An excerpt from Willa Cather's O Pioneer's! provides learners with practice in finding the main idea and supporting details in a narrative. As readers record the bleak details on the included graphic organizer, they can conclude that winter in the Divide is indeed difficult. An answer key is provided.
Young scholars explore science of taxonomy and the Five Kingdoms of life, categorize organisms into Kingdoms, and create multi-media presentations illustrating knowledge of a Kingdom. They collect data and related pictures on the Internet, and provide correct bibliographic annotations to electronic media.
Students complete activities surrounding the study of groundwater movement, energy resources, wind energy, and riparian areas. They debate/role-play the viewpoints of different interest groups in considering whether the black-footed ferret should be reintroduced onto public lands.
Student reflect on the differences between the life of children in the early nineteenth century and their lives in the present. They demonstrate these differences by creating a drawing of "then and now." In addition, they create a personal expression collage loosely based on the concept of totem poles made by Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest.
Middle and high schoolers examine the basics of a mountain lion's diet by examining food chains and food webs. Learners are each assigned one of the lion's prey species and they must construct a food chain for this animal. They see how a small change in one part of the ecosystem can lead to a dramatic change for all species. Fabulous!
Junior ecologists examine Arizona's biotic communities and research an animal or plant that is found in this community. In this lesson, learnerss write a narrative essay about their assigned animal or plant. They research online and in texts to determine relevant information. Finally, a class booklet containing all of their reports is compiled. It would make a wonderful showpiece for an open house!
Here is a simple lesson for young learners on the plants, animals, and flowers found in the prairie environment. There are worksheets embedded in the plan that pupils use once a teacher-led discussion and demonstration has taken place. This simple, yet effective lesson would be a good way to introduce young biologists to this very special ecosystem and its inhabitants.