Goals: This unit will help students to identify a variety of "homes" or habitats in the natural world. It will also introduce students to the different components of a habitat. Discussion will cover the effects of changes to the habitat and how we can improve and protect that habitat.
Objectives: After completing this unit, the students will:
- define home and habitat.
- identify elements that make up a habitat.
- list elements of their own habitat - food, water, air, shelter, and space in a suitable arrangement - and generalize that animals and plants have similar basic needs.
- give examples of animals that live in different habitats, such as prairie, forest, cave, or city and explain why they live there.
- discuss how changes in a habitat affect the animals and the plants.
- make suggestions on how humans can have a positive effect on a habitat.
- discuss connections between animals, plants, and habitats.
These objectives will be achieved in three stages:
- Nametags, pre-visit activities and information - teacher(s) will complete Nametag Activity and select at least one Pre-visit Activity to do in the classroom before visiting Wind Cave National Park. Selection of activities will be communicated to the ranger leading park program.
- Park activities - ranger directed with assistance and supervision of the teacher and/or teacher aide.
- Post-visit activities - teacher(s) will select at least one Post-visit Activity to do in the classroom after visiting Wind Cave National Park.
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