Activity #1: Read “The Prairie that Nature Built,” a poem by Marybeth Lorbiecki (10 min)

The Questions for this lesson are:

  • What adaptations did prairie plants have to make in order to survive the harsh environment in this prairie ecosystem?
  • How did the plants know what to do?

The Objective of this lesson is for the children to understand that in order for the prairie plants to survive in the harsh environment of the prairie, they had to make adaptations.

The Products of this lesson are a Landscape Tag detailing the characteristics of the prairie plant and showing the adaptations and sustainability of the plant, a Notes from the Prairie Journal, How Tall Will They Grow? completed recording sheet and a writing that answers the question: “How do the characteristics you have named for each prairie plant help the plant to adapt to its environment?”

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It is the time of the prairie.
To begin the lesson and end the lesson read and place the beautifully illustrated poem on a presentation system for the children to see and hear the story of The Prairie That Nature Built. This lesson incorporates social studies standards as the history of the prairie in North America is closely related to the adaptations that the prairie plants had to make.

“In the West the land was level, and there were no trees. The grass grew thick and high. There the wild animals wandered and fed as though they were in a pasture that stretched much farther than a man could see, and
there were no settlers. Only Indians lived there.”

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder ~

Activity #1: Read “The Prairie that Nature Built,” a poem by Marybeth Lorbiecki (10 min)