Lesson Plan

Plant Adaptations

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fifth Grade
Subject:
Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology
Duration:
40 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
Setting:
in the park
National/State Standards:
Colorado Science: 4th grade 2.3; 5th grade 2.1
Keywords:
native plant, adaptation

Overview

Students will understand the concepts of habitat and plant adaptations to desert environments.

Objective(s)

Students will understand the concepts of habitat and plant adaptations to desert environments.

Background

Most people think about habitat as something that animals depend on. But plants depend on special habitats also. This activity has two parts: 1) a habitat game, which has been adapted to help students understand plants' basic needs, and 2) an adaptation scavenger hunt.

Explore Great Sand Dunes' web page on plants to learn more about some of the diverse plants of the park and their unique adaptations.

 

Materials

Adaptation Teaching Cards (PDF), Great Sand Dunes Plant Handbook (optional, PDF)

Procedure

Assessment

How have humans adapted to difficult environmental conditions? What special characteristics do we have that help us survive?

Vocabulary

adapt, alpine, habitat, nutrient, pollination, species