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Habitats & Heredity

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Grade Level:
Lower Elementary: Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade
Common Core Standards:
1.L.1, 1.L.4, 1.L.5, 1.L.6, 2.L.1, 2.L.3, 2.L.4, 2.L.5, 2.L.6
State Standards:
NGSS: 1-LS3; 2-LS4


This is a Ranger in the Classroom (RIC) program. It is based on the life sciences curriculum for 1st and 2nd grade. A park ranger will visit your school and deliver an interactive presentation followed by a classroom activity. Depending on your class schedule, the ranger can deliver multiple programs for each class/section, or a single presentation for all sections at once.

The Habitats & Heredity program uses an interactive presentation to teach students about the four basic habitat requirements (food, water, shelter and space). We review basic habitats of the Black Hills region and learn about common animals found here. Inquiry helps students make connections between parents and offspring, with a focus on how hereditary traits and adaptations help animals survive. The presentation is followed by a station activity where students get to explore animal artifacts (pelts, skulls, tracks, etc.).

To register for the program, go to the program request page and click on "Request a ranger to visit your school."


Last updated: January 24, 2018