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Science - 4th Grade
Standard 5 Objective 1
Students will learn about surface terrain and how plants and animals are affected by the temperatures and precipitation that elevation and terrain creates. Then the students will predict what type of environment plants and animals live in.
This activity includes two parts. One discusses surface terrain, and how plants and animals are affected by the temperatures and precipitation that elevation and terrain creates. Second is allowing the students to predict what type of environment plants and animals live in.
Students can use their pre-knowledge to help them with this or from recent reading material. Other activities in this standard will require students to research the environments to make the correct answers.
The last part of this activity requires the students to color a map of Utah. Each environment has its own color. Part of the map will not relate to one environment but two. The Mountain Forest/Desert Transition part is a combination of mountains and deserts mixed together. Some of the plants and animals that grow in the lower elevations of the mountain forest area are considered desert plants and animals. Pinyon pines and juniper trees are desert plants, but they are trees and when they cover 10% of the land it is considered a forest.
1. Use science process and thinking skills
2. Manifest Scientific attitudes and interests
3. Understand science concepts and principles
4. Communicate effectively using science language and reasoning
Pre-Assessment/Invitation to Learn
Allow students to feel a 3-D map of Utah with their fingers. Have them describe where they felt the map raise and why they think it raised in places and why it was flat in others. If a 3-D map is not available, a regular map of Utah can be used with teacher discussing elevations.
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