These lessons are designed for visual/kinethestic learners with the focus of indentifying physcial triats, mannerisms, and facts about both species of deer found along Niobrara.
Students will prepare for the assignment by reading and discussing the poems. Following a reading of a brief history of the valley, the class will visit an area on the Niobrara River such as Smith Falls State Park or The Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge. During the trip the river habitat will be explored and the environment will be investigated. Students (or teacher) may then choose a project as a follow up to the field trip.
This lesson is designed to introduce Middle School level students to basic bird identification to some of the common, and a few rare but easily identified,birds and waterfowl found along and around the Niobrara National Scenic River.
Students will take a field trip to an area of the Niobrara River Valley. During the trip they will use observation techniques and complete a Sensory Observation Sheet and use those ideas to prepare a brochure for a vacation would be taken in the Niobrara River valley.
This lesson usesthe creation of an edible model to introduce the geologic formations present in the Niobrara River Valley. An optional extension is included to introduce the concept of fossils.
By exploring the community of the Niobrara valley students will develop an understanding of the significance of development and its hand in hand existence with preservation of a natural resource students will: understand the interrelationships contained in the river system and write a descriptive essay, Two alternative essay assignments are also included.
Six terrestrial ecosystems combine with the riparian and aquatic ecosystems of the Niobrara to create a mix of plants and animals that exist together like nowhere else. This unit focuses on the ecology and biodiversity of the Niobrara River Valley. It contains a field experience component in addition to pre and post experience classroom work.
What happens when two species combine? This lesson is a great introduction to the answer. The included activity combines science and art to introduce the concept of hybrids.