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After two pages of teacher-led instructions, students follow this presentation in order to demonstrate image interpretation and the ability to read and understand topographic maps. The students should have basic knowledge of prairie dog ecology and the ability to digitize polygons onscreen. This activity could be easily adapted to a alternative region by finding the appropriate supporting data.
Students 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.
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.
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.
Students discuss the transmission of diseases from exotic pets to humans. They research different aspects of particular zoonotic diseases from the perspectives of the animal vector, the parasite, the infected human, and the carrier human.
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 lesson!
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.
In this vocabulary and reading comprehension activity, students read a 1 page selection about prairie dogs, label a picture of a prairie dog town with 4 terms, respond to 4 short answer questions, and match 8 words to their meanings.
Students study the history of jazz music. They listen to various examples of jazz music and complete a worksheet in which they must identify the individual instruments they hear and identify characteristics of the genre of jazz music.
Students comprehend the various aspects of the Lewis and Clark expediton. They complete an idea web. Students work in small groups. They recall some important aspects of the Lewis and Clark expedition by performing the Corps of Discovery Spoken Fugue.
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. 
Students 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.
In this earthquake exploration worksheet, learners complete 3 prior knowledge questions, then use "Prairie Ecosystem Gizmo" to conduct several activities, completing short answer questions when finished.
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.
Students study the animals that Lewis and Clark would have encountered.  In this animals lesson students study the food web and how human populations have affected them. 
Fourth graders read excerpts and research the Internet to learn about the expeditions of Lewis and Clark and their impact on the United States. Students fill out a KWL chart as they learn.
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.
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.
First graders get out and explore two different habitats to examine how each one meets the needs of the plants and animals that dwell there. They discuss what they've learned about animal habitats as they explore the outdoor environment. This lesson plan includes several excellent extension/ assessment ideas.
Clarify the difference between simple, compound, and complex sentences with this worksheet. First, learners read the definitions of complex and compound sentences. They then identify sentence types, write original sentences, write and, or, or but to join sentences, complete sentences, and complete an assessment page.

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