This coloring puzzle will help students learn about the ecology of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
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.
Coloring materials, Habitat Puzzle (.pdf) for each student
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:
Answer key to the 1st through 2nd grade puzzle: