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Grassland Biome Activities

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

This lesson details several activity ideas for teaching about grassland biomes in fun, engaging ways. Students will love learning about this unique biome through these hands-on and minds-on activities.

The Grasslands: More Than Empty Space

A common misconception students tend to share when learning about biomes is that grasslands are simply areas of wide-open emptiness. Many students share the belief that grasslands are home to just a few species of plants (mostly grasses, logically) and animals. This, of course, couldn't be further from the truth! Grasslands are a veritable bounty of plant and animal life, and have properties that are not shared with any other biome in the world. The activities that follow are intended to help students look at grassland biomes in a more holistic way while engaging them in meaningful learning.

Grasslands Lifeform Mini-Posters

To introduce the lifeforms that live in the grassland biome, have students perform some light research and create a mini-poster out of a piece of standard printer paper. First, have them choose a species of plant or animal (you may want to provide a list for them to choose from). Then, have students perform some online research, taking notes as they go. Be sure students include any basic information you require of them, like where on Earth the lifeform lives, what it eats, what eats it, what characteristics allow it to live in the grasslands biome, etc. Once students have completed their mini-posters, have them present them to the class. You can either do this by having students make a short presentation, or you can have them hang their mini-poster up and perform a gallery walk.

Grasslands Food Web Activity

In groups, have students create a detailed food web of grasslands plant and animal species. Have them select a plant or animal to serve as a starting point, then expand the food web based on direct connections from their chosen specimen. You can either provide groups with a large poster board, or you can have them use standard paper and add additional sheets as necessary. Encourage groups to discuss their food webs with each other. This will help students see that food webs are incredibly interconnected.

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