Lesson Plan

Bighorn Sheep

Desert bighorn ram
Desert bighorn rams live on a knife edge of survival.

NPS photo by Neal Herbert

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Grade Level:
Sixth Grade
Biology: Animals, Ecology
National/State Standards:
Utah State Science Corps Curriculum Topic, Standard Five: Students will understand that microorganisms range from simple to complex, are found almost everywhere, and are both helpful and harmful.
virus, bacteria, Desert Bighorn Sheep, habitat, parasites


Students first play a board game describing the habits and hardships of desert bighorn sheep. Outside, students explore the tracks and track patterns of animals that live in bighorn sheep habitat, learn about plants bighorns eat, play a bighorn trivia game, and learn to identify the birds that share bighorn habitat. Back in the classroom, students put clues together to solve the mystery of how microorganisms could wipe out a herd of sheep.