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Life Zones Rummy

Trees felled by a Beaver in the Longmire Meadow.
All organisms need a habitat with food, water, shelter, and space to live in order to survive. For example, the American Beaver eats the bark of trees, uses lakes and ponds for water, builds shelter by felling trees to form dams, and can be found in the low-elevation forest of Mount Rainier National Park.
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Overview: All life depends on a habitat's food, water, shelter, and space to live. In this game, students ensure the survival of an animal by gathering these components and who ever saves the most animals wins. Student created cards will be used to play Gin-Rummy and familiarize students with the different components of a habitat needed for an organism to survive on Mount Rainier.
Grade Level:
6 - 12
Objectives: Identify components of habitat as food, water, shelter, and space in a suitable arrangement.

Apply knowledge of these components to habitat requirements for species at Mount Rainier.

Lesson Plan:
Life Zones Rummy - word, 49KB
Life Zones Rummy - pdf, 598KB
Resources: Life Zone Rummy Cards

Did You Know?

Artist rendering of the new Paradise Visitor Center.

The park recently completed building a new visitor center at Paradise & rehabilitating the historic Paradise Inn. The new visitor center is more sustainable and less expensive to operate than the existing visitor center. The Paradise Inn, after 90 years of use, was in need of rehabilitation.