Lesson Plan

Tallgrass Prairie: A Multidisciplinary Curriculum

Seed heads on tall grasses dominate a lush green field.
Six feet tall Indian grass is one of the common native plant species in the tallgrass prairie.
NPS Photo

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Twelfth Grade
Subject:
Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Fire Ecology, Geology, Hydrology
Group Size:
Up to 24
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
Iowa Core: Life Science, Middle (6 - 8)

Overview

Prepare students for a visit to the 81-acre tallgrass prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Activities strenghten skills in observation, analysis, and interpretation in the field and in the classroom. Activities are written with middle school students in mind, but may be appropriate for other ages.

Objective(s)

Teachers and students will be prepared for a visit to the tallgrass prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

Students will:

  • Become acquainted with Iowa's tallgrass prairie, its formation, and its demise.
  • Be introduced to ecological principals and concepts through study of the tallgrass prairie.
  • Recognize that environmental issues are multidisciplinary in scope.
  • Strengthen their skills in ovservation, analysis, and interpretation, bot hin the field and in the classroom.