Studying Grassland Ecosystems

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At first glance, grassland ecosystems might seem dull and uninteresting, but once you start to explore it's amazing the things you'll find! Through this series of engaging lessons, activities, and experiments, elementary students examine the plants and animals that call these regions home and the intricate web of interdependence that ties them all together.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Work through all of these lessons in sequence, or pick specific activities to supplement into your life science curriculum
Classroom Considerations

  • This unit is based on ecosystems found in Montana, but can be adapted for use in any region
  • Plan a field trip to a local park or outdoor space to correspond with one or more of the lessons in this unit
  • Lessons require a variety of different materials and prep time, so be sure to plan ahead
Pros

  • Unit includes 12 different lessons/activities and the supporting materials for each
  • Discussion questions and extension ideas are provided for each lesson
  • Includes a combination of lessons that are performed in the classroom and outdoors
  • Offers tips for managing outdoor learning activities
  • Suggests a service learning project to perform at the end of the unit
Cons

  • None