Lesson Plan

Nocturnal Lives

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Grade Level:
Second Grade-Fifth Grade
Subject:
Biology: Animals, Ecology, Wildlife Biology
Duration:
30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36 (6-12 breakout groups)
Setting:
indoors or outdoors
National/State Standards:
Science: 2nd grade 2.2; 4th grade 2.1; 5th grade 2.1
Keywords:
wildlife, nocturnal, predator, prey

Overview

Students will understand the difficulty nocturnal creatures have and the reasons they come out at night.

Objective(s)

Students will understand the difficulty nocturnal creatures have and the reasons they come out at night.

Background

The Great Sand Dunes, as well as many other places in the San Luis Valley, are filled with nocturnal animals. These animals come out at night to eat, hunt, and seek out mates. The purpose of this game is for students to realize that while some animals are out seeking food, predators are seeking them too.

Explore Great Sand Dunes' web pages on animals to learn more about some of the nocturnal creatures of the park.

Materials

Blindfolds (optional)

Procedure

Assessment

Which sounds were best at eluding the predators and helping the prey pair to link up?

Have your students demonstrate real animal calls and vocalizations that are made by nocturnal animals?

Make a list of reasons why animals have vocalizations.

Vocabulary

crepuscular, diurnal, habitat, nocturnal, predator, prey, species, vocalization