Science - 4th Grade
Standard 5 Objective 1
Science - 4th Grade
Standard 5 Objective 2
This activity will help students understand that elevation is one of the things that affect where and how plants and animals live.
Different regions of Utah have their specific patterns of interconnected life. These are groups of living things that are specially designed for their specific environments. One of the physical characteristics of these environments is elevation. Elevation affects climate and temperature which determines where plants and animals live. Other things, such as natural disasters or events will affect animal and plant distribution, but most live within certain elevations.
1. Use science process and thinking skills
4. Communicate effectively using science language and reasoning
Pre-Assessment/Invitation to Learn
Begin by dressing a student (or yourself) in a large coat, gloves, hat, etc. and act like you're cold. Ask students what clues they can infer from your "physical adaptations" (the clothing) and your behavior. (Try to have someone state that you must be someplace "cold".) Usually, when we go to higher elevations the climate and temperature is colder. Define "elevation" for students. (A higher place or position.) Now put something on that would let students know you are in a warmer climate, such as sunglasses, hat, flip- flops, and pretend to use suntan lotion. Ask them where your elevation might be. (Lower because of warmer climate and temperature.) As students respond and discuss this, tell them they are going to do the same with clue cards about plants and animals. Elevation has a definite effect on plants and animals in different environments. Review where elevations and environments are located in Utah.
The following list of plants and animals from the science vocabulary can be used in this activity.
|prickly pear||mule deer||muskrat|
|Utah juniper||moose||pinyon jay|
Help students understand that many animals can adapt to live in a variety of different elevations depending on conditions. (Ex. If there is a drought, deer, elk, and moose will move to a location where food is available.)
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