Lesson Plan

Habitat Puzzle

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Grade Level:
First Grade-Fourth Grade
Subject:
Ecology
Duration:
30 minutes
Group Size:
60 or more
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
Colorado Science:
2nd grade 2.2
4th grade 2.3
Keywords:
habitat, salamander

Overview

This coloring puzzle will help students learn about the ecology of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Objective(s)

This coloring puzzle will help students learn about the ecology of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.



Background

Before providing this worksheet to your students, go over the concepts of habitats and community types. They will need to know about some of the different community types found at Great Sand Dunes and a few of the species that might live there. Consider printing out a copy of Habistack for use as flash cards. Make sure the students understand the difference between "the sand dunes" which refers to the pile of sand itself and "Great Sand Dunes" which refers to the entire park and preserve and includes all varieties of habitat.



Materials

Coloring materials, Habitat Puzzle (.pdf) for each student



Procedure

Provide one copy of the Habitat Puzzle worksheet to each student. (Two versions are available - one a little simpler than the other.) The worksheet has ten true or false questions. Younger students may need the questions read to them.  If a question is true, students will color in all the spaces with that number a specified color. If false, they will color those spaces black.

Answer key to the 3rd through 4th grade puzzle:

  1. Montane forests at Great Sand Dunes have palm trees: false
  2. Coyotes can live anywhere at Great Sand Dunes: true
  3. Kangaroo rats live in the alpine: false
  4. No animals live in the sand dunes: false
  5. Pronghorn antelope live in the grasslands: true
  6. Forests are found above the alpine: false
  7. Snow covers the alpine for only about one month of the year: false
  8. Salamanders can live both in water and on land: true
  9. All animals live in only one plant community: false
  10. . Interdunal ponds are important to amphibians: true

Answer key to the 1st through 2nd grade puzzle:

  1. Palm trees with coconuts grow at Great Sand Dunes: false
  2. Bears live at Great Sand Dunes: true
  3. Kangaroo rats make nests in the tops of trees: false
  4. Animals do not live in the sand dunes: false
  5. Some insects make their homes in the sand: true
  6. Birds are not found in the trees: false
  7. Snow falls in the mountains only during August: false
  8. Salamanders can live both in water and on land: true
  9. Elk do not live in the grasslands: false
  10. . Frogs need water: true


Vocabulary

amphibian, community, habitat, interdunal pond