Prairie Roots: Lesson Plans

Prairie Roots: Lesson Plans

 

Prairie roots have a story to tell!

The first step in bringing that dynamic story to life is actually seeing the massive roots that are normally hidden from view. Their sheer size is striking.

But it takes more than simply looking at a preserved root or life-sized image to truly engage in the story of how prairie roots impact and improve soil health and water quality. That’s why the Tallgrass Prairie Center has developed lesson plans to help students learn about the ecological services provided by prairie roots. Developed and aligned to Iowa Core standards for upper elementary and middle school, many of the activities can be adapted for younger and older students.

The following lesson plans were created, reviewed and field-tested by a team of formal and informal educators from across Iowa. Using an active learning approach, they provide fun, engaging activities to promote meaningful learning and enduring knowledge.

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Submissions from 2017

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Battleship Roots, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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Incredible Carbon Journey, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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Muddy Waters, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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Prairie and Culture: Roots That Bind, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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Prairie Roadshow, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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Root Community, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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Root Kerplunk, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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Roots - Why So Fine?, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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Routes for Infiltration, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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School of Roots, Tallgrass Prairie Center