Lesson Plan

Oh, So Special!

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Fifth Grade
Subject:
Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology
Duration:
30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
indoors or outdoors
National/State Standards:
Colorado Science: 4th grade 2.1; 5th grade 2.1
Keywords:
native plant, habitat

Overview

Students will become acquainted with the habits and characteristics of a few special plants and animals.

Objective(s)

Students will become acquainted with the habits and characteristics of a few special plants and animals.

Background

Alfred Russel Wallace, the nineteenth century naturalist and biogeographer who has been attributed with the original discovery of the theory of evolution, began his explorations of nature as a teenager looking at beetles in his hometown of Usk, England.

Sometimes, it only takes one special animal or plant to encourage someone to get-to-know the outdoors. Nature enthusiasts from all over the world visit America's parks and monuments to witness firsthand the special animals and plants that live there.

Explore Great Sand Dunes' web pages on plants and animals to also learn more about the diversity of life in the park.

Materials

Oh, So Special cards(PDF), tape

Procedure

Vocabulary

biogeography, habitat, species