The Wide Open Prairie
A  WebQuest for 3rd Grade, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University



INTRODUCTION

You are traveling in a covered wagon across the wide open prairie.  The tall grass waves as the wind blows gently and animals move across the land in front of your wagon.  How many different plants and animals live on the prairie?  How have the prairies changed?


OVERALL TASK

Your task is to learn about  the different plant and animal life that lives on the prairie.  You will research different grasses and animals that live on the prairie.  You will then create a report on an animal and a mural on the grasses and flowers.  You will also create a poem to describe the prairie.


PROCESS

Step 1.  In groups of three you will research the prairie ecosystem.  You may also want to visit this prairie site for additional information.

Step 2. Create a mural of the different grasses and flowers found on the prairie.

► Your teacher will give you a piece of 3' x 3' piece of paper.  On this paper your group will need to draw and color a scene from the prairie that includes the grasses and flowers found on the prairie.

Step 3.  Write a comparison poem describing the prairie.

► Type your poem on The Prairie Is... page.  Print your poem after your teacher has checked it.

Step 4.  Next you will choose a prairie animal to research.  You will write a paragraph and give a presentation to the class on your animal. 

► You will need to write a paragraph describing your animal.  Be sure to include where your animal lives, what it eats and what its predators are.

► Then you will draw and color the animal you have chosen.  After you have given your animal presentation, you will place your animal on the prairie mural.


CONCLUSION

It's amazing how many different plants and animals live on the prairies!  All of these have to work together to continue the growth of the prairie ecosystem.


EVALUATION


Rubric for Prairie Projects

Task 

7 pts.

5 pts.

2 pts.

0 pts.

Poem Has no grammatical or spelling errors. Has 1-2 grammatical or spelling errors. Has 3 grammatical or spelling errors. Has 4 or more grammatical or spelling errors.
Animal Paragraph Includes all information. Has 0-1 grammatical or spelling errors. Includes most of the information.  Has 2-3 grammatical or spelling errors. Includes very little on the information.  Has 3-4 grammatical or spelling errors. Includes none of the information.  Has 5 or more grammatical or spelling errors.


PRAIRIES TEACHER'S PAGE

CREDITS


This WebQuest was created by teachers participating in Missouri's Agriculture in the Classroom program at Missouri State University through a USDA grant.  The template on this site was adapted from a template from The WebQuest Page and the original was designed by Dr. Lyndon Irwin.  Assistance for this project was provided by Mrs. Barbara Irwin, M.S. and Mrs. Diane Olson, M.S.


Teachers are encouraged to adapt this lesson for classroom use only.  No part of this publication may be transmitted, stored, recorded or published in any form without written permission from Missouri Farm Bureau.



This page was developed by Traci Cliffm, reviewed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau.

Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau